Dibujando el Bienestar/ CEM/ Creo Antofagasta


This project is an adaptation of the Drawing Well-being project in a different context. It is based specifically on the last part of the book where it was a section designed to help users-readers to interact and visualize the contents and their own perceptions on well-being. This started with a set of questions to be answered that relate to the aspects of well-being described previously on the book. People were invited to mark the appropriate triangular sections of their graph. This graph then became their personal visualization. It allowed people to see how the graph they marked, based on their answers to the set of questions they were given, represents their personal experience of well-being and perceptions of their environment.

Dibujando el Bienestar was implemented by Ciudad Emergente at the Malones Urbanos of Plan CREO Antofagasta, at Antofagasta, Chile between April and July 2013. Translated loosely, a malón is a potluck – a communal event where guests and participants contribute something of their own towards the event’s success. They invited Antofagasta residents to publicly inform and shape the first stage of Plan CREO Antofagasta, a public private partnership aiming to transform Antofagasta into a world class city. They closed the street to traffic, set up picnic tables and invited neighbors to get to know each other and give personal input on the neighborhood’s challenges, introduce topics affecting quality-of-life and proposing ideas for long-term neighborhood improvement. Food, games, and dancing rounded out the afternoon.

Ciudad Emergente implemented Dibujando el Bienestar as a one of the methodologies they used to get valuable insights on subjective well-being such as Happiness, Community and Life-Work Balance indicators. The original graphic was modified in order to have a new matrix of 16 indicators and be distributed on the day of the Malón Urbano. Ciudad Emergente organized 4 Malones where they received around to 200 graphic completed by the neighbors. Today, Dibujando el Bienestar continues to be used in Antofagasta to get more people to participate in the Plan CREO Antofagasta.

One thing I could realize observing and talking to people who used this graph was that because of the methodology they were more likely to engage with the survey. This new interface was more user friendly than a simple survey, it involved a different time and interaction.

The results are being systematized by Ciudad Emergente. I’m looking forward to work with those data sets.