A Design Sprint for Self-Activation
The Team's Solution: SafeSpace
Social networking is a great tool for building community. But it’s also a hotbed of some of society’s worst impulses like bullying, shaming, and personal attacks. Because of this, social networks have never met the needs of vulnerable populations. Safespace makes it possible for people to find care and compassion online.
Safespace was designed to give survivors of sexual trauma a place to safely and anonymously find community and support. Users can journal and track their daily emotions, share their thoughts and feelings with other survivors in daily blogs, follow and communicate with people who have had similar experiences—all without the fear of social judgment, shame, or further trauma.
Whenever the app is launched, it asks the user “How are you feeling today?” Using a slider, the user chooses a representative mood, from sad to upbeat. The moods are represented by a color system (dark reds and purples representing pain, and a brighter green and chartreuse showing levity) that permeates the app’s entire ecosystem. That means at a quick glance, other users can see when someone is in need of support or is feeling better.
Users are encouraged to post daily updates, share their stories, and link to helpful media. They can also reach out to each other to offer support through integrated chat. In future revs, the team plans to explore other communities that often suffer silently, including soldiers with PTSD and cancer patients.
Safespace provides a network for people who need connection and judgment-free support.