Karen Oikonen is a design researcher and service designer, specializing in participatory and co-creative approaches to better understand the complexities of the human experience within environments, systems, networks, and communities, with the goal of creating positive change for people. Having lost her dad to cancer in 2010, she is dedicated to creating opportunities for reflection, discussion and engagement on death and dying in public spaces. She co-founded the Dying. series, has collaborated on multiple participatory installations, and serves as a Principal Innovation Designer at The Moment, an innovation consultancy in Toronto. Karen holds a Master of Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University.