Community Interviews



This video was made as a result of a combination of two things:  an interest in what American citizens think of the political/economic significance of the claim: “We are going to bring jobs back to America,” as well as an inquiry method (used in our interviews) called Design Thinking. “Bringing jobs back to America” has been a huge topic that many people have been speaking about. We took the ideas people had on the topic and merged them into a collection of concepts related to jobs in America. The people within the video are Dr. Joan Oby Dawson, a board member, and Mr. Donald Lawrence, an executive of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (a service learning partner of NYIT) and two residents of an HCCI senior center.

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Interview.Bring jobs back to america.

Have you heard this statement: “I’m going to bring jobs back to America”?

On Donald Trum presidental campaign

What do you think it means?

Phrase that every president says.

Have you seen changes in job availability in their communities or city?

  • More part-time jobs for youths. 95% of college students have worked in a part-time job for no more than 6 months.
  • Less full-time jobs for seniors. More than 5 million full-time jobs have been lost in the past year.

Do you have any idea about what happened to jobs that used to be available?  

  • The companies closure. For example, in the past year, 60 Abercrombie & Fitch stores have closed, over 350 jobs lost. Other example, 400 Payless Shouesource stores have closed the last year, over 3000 jobs lost.
  • Automatization. According to the US Staffing Agency, more than 73 millions human jobs will be replaced by machines before 2030.

How do you think jobs can be brought back to america?

  • More investment in education. Nowadays the US government spends $70 billion on education, According to some experts, if the money spend on education is 10 billion more, less than 50 million jobs will be replaced by machines instead the 73 millions jobs that are supposed to be replaced by machines.

How do you think countries will see the United States?

  • Nowadays USA is the most important country in terms of economy.
  • Germany and Japan might replace USA.

FALL 2018

Design Thinking Interview Questions for Housing in NYC

Who are you?
1. How long have you lived in NYC?
2. What do you do for work?
3. What were living conditions like when you were growing up?
4. How has the housing situation changed in NYC since you were a child/since you first moved here?
5. Have you seen changes to the existence of small businesses? If yes, how?

International Investors
5. Did you know that international investors and the Stock Market own most of the new buildings in NYC?
1. And that they do not necessarily make profits by renting or selling the space and so much of the new apartments are empty?
2. What do you think?

New York City Public Housing

6. Did you know that New York City Housing Authority is planning to sell and leasing its buildings and grounds to private developers? YES NO
7. Did you know that Grassroots organizers, many of them NYCHA residents, have gathered 20,000 signatures telling Mayor De Blasio to stop NYCHA privatizing and forcing residents out.
8. What do you think?

9. What kind of city would you like to live in?

Amazon Headquarters opening in Long Island City, Queens

10. Did you know that there’s going to be a big change to Queens with Amazon opening a new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens? YES NO
a. Do you know about the billion-plus dollar tax break they will get from NYC? YES NO
a. What’s your opinion about the tax break? How do you view this change in terms of overall economics for the city & overall living conditions?