Design Lab: Creative Innovation for Digital & Social Inclusion

13:30 - 16:30 | 26 June 2023 | Vestry Hall, Mitcham

Design lab session in full flow

Join us for this creative business and community challenge event.

The workshop aims to support economic growth by helping to achieve a multivocal approach to complex problems present in the area and your businesses. In the workshops, we will explore tools and methods that can help to improve productivity and success through an understanding of inclusive practice and compassionate communication.

This workshop will expand on the question: ‘‘What would an equitable, inclusive and accessible future look like for South London?’ and explore the challenging themes listed above and those identified through discussion with the participant group.


We will explore challenge themes such as:

– Inclusive communications and marketing

– EDI recruitment approaches

– Disability and neurodiversity visibility

These half-day workshops bring together South London businesses, residents and UAL’s own academics and students to explore creative techniques for inclusive cultural, social and economic changes in South London.


The Workshop

Alongside our academics, we invite local businesses and residents to bring their challenges, skills and local knowledge to help co-design solutions in response to these themes.

Participants will share insights and work to design solutions and responses to the challenges.

This workshop is for South London-based businesses and enterprises, charities, community organisations, local authorities and academics.


The facilitators for the session are:

Ellen O’Hara – Co-Director of Modfin, business and financial modelling for purpose-led businesses, coach with creative and social entrepreneurs.

Ellen is a freelance business coach, creative facilitator and strategist with a background in cultural, creative and social entrepreneurship. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with hundreds of creative and social entrepreneurs to design and grow sustainable businesses that make a creative, social and commercial impact. Ellen is passionate about helping to make change, especially in working-class communities like the one she grew up in. She loves to work with creative social entrepreneurs and organisations that place their communities at the heart of their decision-making.

Ellen has designed and delivered enterprise and innovation programmes for Nesta, Creative Industry Finance, Innovate UK, British Council, National Arts Council Singapore, Crafts Council, Warwick Ventures and Frontline. She is based in Derbyshire and works internationally.


Hannah Bird – Co-Director at design thinking practice Bird & Gorton.

Hannah enjoys supporting good ideas to flourish in order to imagine new and better solutions to complex challenges. Her work has included a residency at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, designing a STEM to STEAM policy for the Cultural Learning Alliance and producing a series of publications and networked residencies with the University of Sheffield and the Open University for the Culture and Climate Change project. She has led over 100 artists and scientists on cross-disciplinary climate change expeditions in the Arctic, Andes and Western Isles of Scotland and she devised the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World (WOW) Mentoring Programme which has now been included in 65 WOW festivals across 6 continents.


Jazlyn Pinckney – Producer, Facilitator and Head of Workforce Development at OneDance UK

Jazlyn is a creative leader and Inclusion Specialist with strong national and international expertise. Jazlyn’s practice prioritises human-centred evaluation to ensure thoughtful, inclusive strategic designs deliver impactful cultural and institutional change and holds intersectionality at the core of their methodology. From leading USA-wide youth engagement programs New York City’s Peabody awarded ‘The Moth Radio’ to working with ‘Watershed’ designing and implementing the award-winning data-led inclusion approach, Balance and Belonging, Jazlyn uses their decade of inclusion expertise, interest in equitable data-led approaches and passion for People Practice and HR skills to embed transformative change. From the participation of audiences to internal workforce development and policy and process design, Jazlyn’s inclusion practice spans all areas of organisational development.


Gill Wildman – Director Upstarter, which incubates creative and social entrepreneurs and plot design strategy agency.

Gill is a creative and social business mentor, strategic designer & facilitator. She designs and delivers Upstarter programmes, working with people who are not your usual startup founders, and who are currently underserved by mainstream startup services. Prior to this, Gill’s 20 years at Plot, her strategic design innovation consultancy with clients including BBC, Microsoft, Facebook and Oculus. Her expertise lies in designing and delivering innovation programmes (BBC Innovation Labs, Prototyping the Experience for Nokia) and many bespoke stand-alone workshops. She is a proud board member of the Rising Arts Agency BeIt Leadership Programme, was an Innovation Industry Leader at Hyper Island UK, Steering Board Member of WECA Creative Scale Up.

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