Baohouse LLC (pronounced Bauhaus) is a cross-disciplinary, design studio specializing in the use of communication design resources to address social problems. Bao is a game played in Africa. Here we use it as a metaphor to describe a virtual design studio that supports collaborative designing between grassroots participants and professionals. Many researchers use the “virtual design” concept for computer supported cooperative work. But these are typically for collaboration between experts–professionals talking to professionals. Through Baohouse LLC, we seek to create a virtual design space focused on interaction between experts and lay communities on topics related to social change through communicatively effective images.

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