A seat of power
The Leadership Chair was born out of a desire to explore aspects of youth and leadership in Uganda. For six weeks, I lived in Uganda to engage in field work; my aim was to listen, learn, and work collaboratively on design projects.

I was struck by the large numbers of youth I met. Uganda has the world's youngest median age, 15, and more than 70% of its population is under 25. Questions: What does a majority-youth demographic mean for a country and its leadership? What matters most to Ugandan youth?

A youth social worker in his 20s became an invaluable partner who told me about a Kabaka's (king's) chair and its leadership symbolism. Q: How can a traditional symbol be stripped of its royal, tribal and political connotations while still serving as a discussion vehicle for youth?

We commissioned a local carpenter to build the Leadership Chair, and then deployed it around the capital city of Kampala. Questions we asked youth: What are your ambitions for your future? What are your hopes for your family, village, or Uganda? Their answers led to larger questions.