During this project our team has considered many different potential directions to work with: preventing loneliness, smoothening the transition between working life retirement etc. But after long discussions, inputs from lecturers and interviews we finally decided on a theme: Wisdom sharing!
This theme seemed interesting for us since it opens up many possibilities for letting the seniors show that their life experience is an asset that can benefit others. Seniors today have lived an extraordinary life and experienced many big changes in society. They have a different perspective on life that can help younger generations. Wouldn’t it be nice to discuss questions in life with an older person that isn’t necessarily your relative?
Our wish is to bring the seniors closer to younger generations and to make both parties realize the benefit of interacting with each other. We have also discussed how the environment can affect the discussions and how this could enhance the experience even more.
Last Friday we had a workshop together with seniors of Kauniainen where we discussed and evaluated our ideas on the subject. The theme received very positive feedback and the workshop provided us with many new insights and ideas. The challenge right now is to find a framework for how the knowledge sharing would be facilitated and how to motivate people to join. Our goal is to be able to evaluate this concept by arranging prototypes and testing it in a real life context.
Kajsa Sundeson, Martina Frantzén, Goran Bjelajac and Panu Harju