We are fervent
observers of our time
Méthos is a research & innovation consultancy.
We apply ethnography & collective intelligence to help organisations understand what matters to people and drive future-proof development.
Clients work with us to (re)connect with the world around them.
Water is a fundamental right, everyone needs access to sufficient water of good quality. In cities like Brussels, however, some people do not have access to water, a reality which is difficult to accept.
In big cities such as Brussels, some people living in poverty do not have access to water. Together with regional public services and a number of local social partners, Méthos studied this phenomenon and worked on solutions to tackle this problem.
• Download the full report (fr)
Some claim that young people do not engage themselves anymore in social issues. This statement doesn’t hold. Through two studies and a participation project, Méthos demonstrates youth civic engagement is alive and kicking.
How do young people engage in social issues today? Which mechanisms are at play and how can we best stimulate them? Commissioned by Enabel, the Belgian development agency, and the international NGO Plan International Belgium, Méthos delved into the broad topic of youth engagement.
• Download the Enabel report (fr/nl/en)
• Download Plan International report (fr-nl)
• Watch the making-of
An overview of best practices and the most effective ways of applying participatory methods to housing projects. What does participatory design involve? Why involve tenants in it? What strategies and tools work best? A study for the King Baudouin Foundation.
With a view to disseminating co-design philosophy, the King Baudouin Foundation asked Méthos to map out best practices and methods to foster participation in designing or renovating buildings.
What we believe in
We have been observing human nature in all its complexity, documenting what makes us different or what makes us connect, for over 10 years.
At Méthos, researchers are in-the-world as Heidegger put it, because we believe that the best way to understand the transformations unfolding around us is to lean in as close as possible and experience them from within.
Data alone, big or otherwise, are not enough. By itself, they do not point to the right decisions. We believe in looking past the random component in human behaviour and dive into emotions, fixations and deep-seated needs.
We design projects together with our clients and stakeholders because we know that involving them will create a genuine impact and keep the results real and tangible.
We use collective intelligence and design-thinking methods to collectively craft artefacts, films, books, prototypes and narratives that trigger change.