Friday 11th November

"As a wheelchair user myself, thoughtful design has enabled me to work, travel and be independent. I think everyone should have that opportunity - no matter where they are in the world" 

Last night (Thursday 10th November) Motivation’s Co-Founder, David Constantine MBE was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bath. As part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, over 60 honorary degrees are being conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions in the fields of education, science, engineering and health.

David received the honour prior to giving the 48th Annual Designability Lecture enjoyed by a packed and enthralled lecture hall of some 200 people.

Following the ceremony, David went on to give his Lecture entitled Challenging Perspectives: design, disability and life changing moments, which took the audience on a journey through the lens of his own experiences working for the last 25 years designing and providing low-cost mobility solutions for people in developing countries.

David himself experienced a life-changing injury in 1982 which influenced how he travelled the world with others to make a difference. He explained that it was through these experiences he has been able to challenge other people's perceptions of disability and attitudes in different cultures and contexts.

He also used the talk to illustrate how design can be used to improve quality of life, and why this was so important to him and how it has driven Motivation’s philosophy from the start.

"As a wheelchair user myself, thoughtful design has enabled me to work, travel and be independent. I think everyone should have that opportunity - no matter where they are in the world" 

Despite David’s path being irrevocably changed in 1982, it’s something that he says he would not change. His experience has allowed him to see places and meet people he would never have had the opportunity to do. Equally it has allowed him and the Motivation team to influence positive change, which has since had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of marginalised and vulnerable people.

The Annual Lecture is organised every year by Designability, a national charity that brings together engineering and design experts with a passion for creating life-changing assistive technologies.