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Designing for a Future Where No One Feels Socially Isolated

Discover the empathetic Design Thinking process with Samsung, to help imagine a future where social isolation is minimised.

3,849 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade

  • Accreditation

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In a year with periods of isolation, how can we design a future of social unity?

Are you curious about the possibilities technology can bring to solve the pressing issues of social isolation in the UK?

On this two-week course, you’ll hear from a diverse range of experts on the topic of social isolation, including; Ibrahim Javed (Founder of Deen Developers), Alex Fefegha (co-founder of design studio COMUZI and lecturer in creative computing), Adah Parris (Futurist, Systems Thinker, Storyteller, and Artist).

Work together to imagine a future where social isolation is minimised for all

One of our collective, most basic needs as humans is socialisation. On this course, you’ll explore social isolation in a variety of settings, looking at the disproportionate impact of social isolation on vulnerable and underrepresented populations.

Explore the role of technology as a vehicle for change

You will look at how we use technology as a tool to connect and help us understand our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with our environments.

Empathy in Design Thinking increases the opportunities that technology can bring

By the end of this course, you’ll develop an understanding of the fundamentals of Design Thinking, a non-linear and iterative process used by many technology companies, like Samsung, to solve problems and create innovative solutions.

Throughout this course, you’ll build your confidence through non-formal debating activities, explore alternative storytelling frameworks, and learn action-based critical thinking and empathy mapping techniques.

Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow

This course forms part of Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow programme, offering young people a chance to explore the role tech can play in solving some of society’s biggest issues.

Design the future. No qualifications needed.


  • Week 1

    An introduction to social isolation

    • Welcome to the course

      In this activity you’ll meet Samsung and the team of experts guiding you through this course including Solve for Tomorrow Social Isolation Ambassador - Hannah Witton. You’ll also start to unpack the big theme of Social Isolation.

    • Bringing us together

      In this activity, Ibrahim Javed will draw on his experience to show you how you can use creative technology to build solutions to societal problems.

    • Tech for change

      In this next activity, Creative Technologist, Alex Fefegha shares the tools and inspiration you need to help you get your ideas off the ground.

  • Week 2


    • Design Thinking

      In this first activity you’ll be guided through an introduction to Design Thinking, exploring what it means to have a Design Thinking mindset before mastering the process to help you bring your ideas to life.

    • The Future is You

      In this next activity you’ll identify the powerful role that you, as a young leader of today, can address physical and emotional isolation in your communities. Adah Parris leads the way.

    • Putting Design Thinking into practice

      In this final activity, you’ll be putting the Design Thinking principles you learnt about earlier into action.

    • Congratulations!

      In this final activity you’ll recap on what you’ve covered in this course and find out about ways to continue your learning journey and #DesignTheFuture with Samsung’s #SolveForTomorrow.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The content of the following course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on how social isolation relates to you today
  • Compare and discuss the state of social isolation in the UK today
  • Identify and interpret opportunities and challenges when designing a future where no one feels socially isolated
  • Explore the opportunities that technology can bring when designing a future where no one feels socially isolated
  • Understand the fundamentals of design thinking
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of empathy when design thinking
  • Develop a playful attitude to ideation in response to the proposition: Designing a Future where No One Feels Socially Isolated

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for young people aged 16-25 from across the UK who are interested in learning how to innovate and drive positive change for themselves, their communities, and the world.

If you are curious about the possibilities of technology in solving pressing world issues, this course is for you. No formal education experience required.

Who developed the course?


Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. Samsung is committed to Enabling People by empowering future generations to achieve their full potential through education.

What's included?

Samsung are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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