Many systems in societies are built on conditions that were prevailing during the 20th century, some of which were deliberately designed to change conditions to what was believed to be better, given the current understanding of that time. In many societies this means that healthcare systems, school systems, etc assume that each person spend most of their time during a year in one place, and during a lifetime does not move from place to place more than a couple of times.
However, in a world where more than 50 million people are in constant move, and where 20th century ideas about society and citizens not necessarily apply, we can imagine alternative futures.
Researching service design and design for policy
In this research endeavour we imagine the welfare and service systems of a society where being nomadic is the norm. This is what we call nomadic welfare. The nomadic as a norm, raises challenges to design for service systems, for the specifics of service design, as well as for designs role in policy development. The nomadic already is an integral part of welfare law, migration policy and development of social innovations and civil society engagement in transformative service developments.