The Center for Design at Northeastern University (Boston, USA) has launched Design for Emergency, an open design platform to face the Covid-19 emergency through design. 
Through this project, we are collecting data on the problems, needs, and feelings of people dealing with Covid-19 containment measures, such as home isolation and social distancing. The initiative, launched in March, has soon become global, and it is currently active in USA, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Perú, Italy, UK, Spain, France, South Korea, and Thailand.

If you are interested in participating in this research by disseminating the survey in your country, please contact Sara Colombo ( and Paolo Ciuccarelli (

Results of this ongoing analysis are being used to inform the design of new solutions that connect, inform, support, and entertain communities in new ways, both during the emergency, and in the next phases. Such solutions are published on the platform as open seed ideas.