New scheme launched to teach “design thinking” to prisoners

Design Against Crime Research Centre has been joined by other partners to launch the Makeright initiative, which is calling for designer volunteers.

Promoting empathy

Gamman says: “I suspect design volunteers will learn as much from teaching as our team have from the experience of working in prison. In fact I hope very much that the Makeright project will promote empathy in two specific ways.


“First that volunteers will understand inmates’ lives and experiences better. Secondly that inmates will find their hidden and often better self and that this humanising experience will activate more empathy, which many “switch off” to survive the prison.”