be able is a participative design education project that I initiated in 2010 in a sheltered workshop for people with psychological, mental and physical disabilities, who produce ceramic products. It has grown from a student project to a non profit organization that now collaborates with an array of producing social institutions and companies.
With a team of designers and business coaches we offer seminars, workshops and impulses. Using the design process and didactics as a basis we create custom formats for more inclusion, greater creativity and social skills.
Young designers, together with sheltered workshop participants, design products that they themselves produce and market in limited editions. The project is based on the appraisal that workshops need products that are better suited to the working day and the participants’ abilities. As a participatory project, the educational concept of able is aimed at both workshop participants and their instructors, in order to convey competencies in design and, in mutual dialogue, to realize individual ideas that develop out of this context.