chapter  15
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Caminemos Juntos: Collaboration, Ethnography, and Design in Northeast Los Angeles

These words come from a song, “The Road I Walk,” written and recorded by three homeless youth as part of a community-based research project. Over the course of 10 weeks, MFA students from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles visited with clients and staff at Jovenes, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides support and housing for homeless youth in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. 

Our use of participatory digital methods reimagined engagement in a social context by 1) focusing on process, 2) embracing “fabulous failures,” and 3) using digital technology to create and mediate relationships. The result was a suite of interactive design research tools and experiences, culminating in a multimedia installation called Caminemos Juntos (Let’s Walk Together).