Lunar Gala is a fashion organization at CMU. Mapping allows us to understand how this community and their stakeholders develop a consensus of understanding around shared values.
Communities are shaped through systems of interaction as facilitated through communication (verbal & non-verbal), shared assets, social practices and cultural relationships. Use design research methods to better understand how and why a specific community organizes to fulfill their own needs and clearly communicate through a map.
The branches of the map act as subsystems embedded within the larger Lunar Gala community, each serving a unique purpose related to shared skills and abilities within them. In this way, we analyze Lunar Gala as a system, seeking to understand the inter and intraconnections between stakeholders and pinpointing key relationships and practices that organize and sustain the community.
Mapping the issue of healthcare access provides exploration of the system to identify knowledge gaps and intervention points when redesigning policies, organizations, and experiences.
Currently, 1 million adult New Yorkers are uninsured, and more than 1.2 million adults lack a regular care provider. The 4 main factors causing this issue are the mismanagement of healthcare resources, lack of access to health information, inequality, and laws and regulations that inadvertently cause more complications.
The map is divided into four sections that represent the four main issues: inequality, laws and regulations, mismanagement of resources, and access to information. Individual nodes are then organized from an individual to national scale, thus representing different groups of stakeholders being affected. Within each section are also specific nodes that connect to create positive feedback loops. Additionally, each problem has an icon representing what sector of society causes that specific issue.