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Finding New Friends in Sweden

While surveys show that 2 out of 3 Swedes can imagine themselves engaging in non-profit initiatives with newly arrived, only 1 out of 10 of us actually do it. In this project I wanted to investigate how I through design could increase the number of activities with newly arrived persons, as well as making those good-hearted but hesitating Swedes actually start engaging in the activities. By looking at Swedes’ angsts about volunteer work and by talking to newly arrived persons about their dreams and needs, I have put together the service Tjena (Swedish for “Hi”) that is meant to invite, engage and unite the inhabitants of Sweden. Tjena consists of an app, “fika” invitations and a deck of conversation cards.