UNWRITTEN DIARY – Learnings from the field


Within the Fabrica Creative Labs, on Wednesday 29 July at 4pm CEST Karen Oetling, Mexican¬ multidisciplinary artist, will give an online lecture on her experience on creative concepts that trigger behavior change, also when related to public health in the Third World.

1 in 4 people worldwide has no access to a private toilet that is built in a way that will keep its content from leaking into water sources. Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, is home to nearly 2.5 million people; over half the population has no access to improved sanitation, which causes the spread of diseases like cholera and diarrhea. Inadequate sanitation continues to be the leading cause of death of children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa.
After almost a year of working in the field, and a second year of working remotely, it’s time to look back and explore the challenges, the culture clash, and misperceptions of working abroad developing creative concepts that trigger behavior change.

Free event online, in English
Live from Fabrica auditorium
In streaming on Fabrica Facebook Fanpage


Karen Oetling is a multidisciplinary creative. She was team lead of the Social Campaign department in FABRICA from 2014 to 2018. Currently she runs Creative Studio Manager at 17Triggers, a Behaviour Change Lab.
Passionate about using Design to improve the quality of life, she believes storytelling has the power to communicate and engage, which translates into her work in topics that range from health and sanitation to pregnancy and family planning, acid attacks and women empowerment, for clients such as UNFPA, UNHCR, UN WOMEN, ULSS2 Venezia, Benetton, UAEU and LWSC.
Born in Mexico, she has worked on-site for projects in Mexico, Italy, England, Netherlands, Malawi, UAE, South Africa, and Zambia; and remotely for Cambodia, Myanmar, and Ivory Coast.

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