The Social Impact Paradigm : Visualizing artifacts in a future where social value is a key driver in society
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In our current paradigm, success is to a large extent based on financial value. Worth is equatable with money, yet this systemic ideal - the essence of worth in our paradigm - is proving unsustainable in the long run. The role model of the rational economic man is causing us to overshoot our resources, and blindly develop for the sake of development. It also leaves us blind to the values of society, where a global force majeure - such as Covid-19 - is needed to trigger a reconsideration of how we value social impact as opposed to financial worth. However, the future doesn’t have to look like this. It is possible to perceive a future in which the social contribution a person makes is valued equally, or as an alternative, to economic value. In other words, a society where social value is central, and economic value peripheral. This diploma explores the idea of social value as a key metric for measuring worth. Through design fiction, social design and critical theory, this diploma offers a contribution on how to answer the problem of our finance-focused current paradigm, by means of a portal into the Social Impact Paradigm. It is the constructed paradigm used in this diploma, not too far from our current state - the only thing that has shifted is the way we perceive value. From this paradigm I will present a visualization of the solution, presented as five unique artifacts, making the Social Impact Paradigm plausible, believable and comprehensible.