Joan O’ Donnell

PhD Student, Maynooth University (MU)

Enhancing multi-stakeholder capacity for social learning, is an integral part the development of  techno-social solutions to civic engagement and learning between disabled populations, civil society and policy makers in designing sustainable communities in a complex interdependent world. My research focuses on exploring ways in which all citizens, including people with disabilities, can exercise their rights and be active members of their communities. It focuses on the design of virtual services in ways that can enhance dialogue and understanding, promote equality of access and participation and impact on the power imbalances often found in traditional service delivery models. A Systems Thinking approach, combined with embodied practices are used to explore alternative framings for engagement and shared learning.