Interdisciplinary Systemic Innovation for Healing and Creating Resilient Communities in the Post-COVID-19 era -30

Tanhao Gao, Jingwen Tian, Xiaotong Zhang, and Hongtao Zhou

College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University

The functioning mechanisms of society are encountered with enormous unexpected extreme problems and unanticipated butterfly effects, which are confronted with increasingly complex global challenges and faced with increasingly uncertain futures. The whole world operating system has been deeply influenced by the widespread COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic, social, and cultural catastrophes, and many individuals have suffered severe psychological pressure. Therefore, exploring systemic innovation to heal residents’ emotions, build resilient communities, and foster economic recovery and socially inclusive sustainable development is of great urgent and relevant importance in the post-COVID-19 period, which is challenging to be addressed by an isolated discipline or field. Therefore, this research will attempt to cooperate with uncertainty to reveal the potential for systemic innovation through a multidisciplinary analysis and research.

This research first presents three groups of stakeholders: the general public, vulnerable groups, and healthcare employees, to illustrate the systemic psychological burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on various communities. Then, a multidisciplinary analysis containing psychology, medicine, sociology, and design was conducted to clarify the current approaches, practical impediments, and potential for system evolution. Finally, this research selects Chifeng Road as an experimental intervention location through a design thinking-oriented interdisciplinary systemic innovation. It then presents an emotional healing system that integrates multidisciplinary perspectives and knowledge to reduce the surrounding residents’ psychological stress. And fosters a resilient community that can adapt more quickly to post-pandemic life, while also carrying the potential for future innovation in social systems.

KEYWORDS: interdisciplinary innovation, emotional healing system, post-pandemic design, resilient community

The emotional healing intervention on Chifeng road. Source: the author.

Posted September 2022

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