In collaboration with Nesta, Changeist is developing a series of scenarios exploring the futures of community resilience in emergencies in the UK. As part of this exploration, we are looking for five designers from across the UK who are familiar with speculative design practices, to develop a set of future artefacts (physical, print and/or digital) from each scenario that can serve as provocations and objects of engagement for stakeholders and public audiences encountering these scenarios. 

Participation in the project will include: 

  • A pre-briefing session with Changeist to discuss the project and Community Designer role,

  • Attendance at a collaborative workshop to be held on 25 June in London to work with teams in development of scenarios,

  • Working under Changeist direction, applying of a set of basic design frames to develop a range of artefacts (eg objects, media, print, signage & identity) to illustrate the scenarios initially described in the workshop, 

  • Participation in one or more design reviews with Changeist and/or Nesta, and 

  • Delivery of, and installation support, for the artefacts by 25 July.

Each designer will receive at £1500.00 stipend for their work, and have access to a fixed materials budget to develop artefacts, as well as receive travel costs to the London workshop.

Desired attributes:

  • Due to the nature of this project, we are seeking a diverse cohort of designers who are drawn from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and have strong ties to local communities, whether rural, village, suburban or urban

  • Prior experience with support in community emergencies can bring valuable insights to the process.  

  • We also seek designers from underrepresented backgrounds.


To apply, please send an email including a short statement of motivation and community connection, a CV and digital portfolio with the subject line: “RESILIENCE” to:

Questions? Drop us an email above, or reach out via Twitter @changeist.

Deadline for application is 12 noon CET on 10 June

Download Call for Designers (PDF).

See previous examples of our work on related themes.