Co-Creating in Community, with Community
Jun
11
3:00 PM15:00

Co-Creating in Community, with Community

Co-design practitioners are surrounded by people who desire to meaningfully co-create. It can be challenging to deliver when colleagues are overextended and community members are asked to take time away from work, family, and daily life to participate. Further, issues of intersectionality emerge when co-design facilitators and participants represent minorities in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, ability, religion, immigration status, or class.

How do we honor these realities when holding space for and facilitating co-creation? Given that we confront these constraints as individuals in our respective organizations and domains, how might we support each other to advance our practice? How do we ensure that our efforts to co-create add value to, and do not extract from, the communities with which we partner?

This session will address these questions and explore creative and sustainable strategies to cultivate generative and mutually beneficial partnerships via co-design. A collaborative of interdisciplinary practitioners working in community on architecture, design equity, health, legal aid, and economic development will guide this highly interactive session.

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SxSW 2018 Encore: Design & Equity, Methods for Community Co-Design
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

SxSW 2018 Encore: Design & Equity, Methods for Community Co-Design

Many designers want to design for social equity. But what does it look like to design with a community, instead of “for” them?

Through an interactive design challenge, participants will practice a number of tools developed to build equitable partnerships between designers and the communities they work with. The tools explore how to approach a community, build relational trust, recruit co-designers, negotiate power and launch a project. After the challenge, participants will begin planning how to apply these tools to projects they are currently working on.

This workshop was developed in collaboration by Reflex Design Collective and Tania Anaissie of Equity Design Lab and presented at SxSW 2018.

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SXSW: Design & Equity: Methods for Community Co-Design
Mar
13
1:30 PM13:30

SXSW: Design & Equity: Methods for Community Co-Design

Through an interactive design challenge, participants will practice a number of tools developed to build equitable partnerships between designers and the communities they work with. The tools explore how to approach a community, build relational trust, recruit co-designers, negotiate power and launch a project. After the challenge, participants will begin planning how to apply these tools to projects they are currently working on.

 

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D3 Innovation Think Tank
Dec
9
9:30 AM09:30

D3 Innovation Think Tank

As the number of unsheltered residents rapidly rises, local government and non-profit housing resources are unable to keep pace with community needs. Unpermitted campsites pose health and safety risks to campers and housed residents and often violate ADA access requirements.

Inspired by design thinking outcomes, the D3 Innovation Think Tank invites participants of all backgrounds, perspectives and skills to come together to talk about:

  • Are there better ways to use local government and private sector resources to reduce harms experienced by people in encampments?
  • Can we simultaneously permit camps and promote quality of life in neighborhoods and commercial corridors?
  • Is there a way for local government to regulate permitted areas for camping and parking?
  • What can be done to ensure safety for campers? To address crime and violence in camp communities? 
  • Is there a way to keep camps free of predators and human trafficking?
  • Is there a way for the community and government to work together to better provide mental health and addiction interventions for unsheltered residents?
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SF Design Week: Design Thinking for Social Justice
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

SF Design Week: Design Thinking for Social Justice

We at Reflex Design Collective believe in revealing the political in design practice. In a world where oppressive structures keep communities from reaching the social, cultural, economic, and holistic lives they aim to engage in, we present to SF Design Week community a design thinking space which addresses issues of social justice. We welcome designers, activists, business folk, community leaders, the marginalized, and the allies of all types to address the collective wicked problems.

We intend upon developing spaces of reflection, narrative building, brainstorming, prototyping, and testing towards addressing issues that are technological political, social, and otherwise complex. We introduce our main theory: that these problems live in political spaces, and as a result, we as designers must append political thought to current design practice (understanding our biases, learning the history behind complex issues, and democratizing the practice of design) when addressing these problems.

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11th Annual U.C. Berkeley Social Justice Symposium
Jan
28
1:30 PM13:30

11th Annual U.C. Berkeley Social Justice Symposium

In this hands-on session, participants will learn and explore Design Thinking for Social Justice, a framework for understanding and addressing complex issues of social inequity.
Participants will use the DT4SJ framework to understand how to address inequities associated with environmental racism. We will incorporate elements of reflexivity, praxis, and procedural justice as we seek to equip participants with specific creative problem solving skills adapted to address the political and power dynamics inherent to environmental racism. Participants will walk away with a transferrable understanding of how to apply design thinking in their own social justice work.

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Allied Media Conference
Jun
15
to Jun 19

Allied Media Conference

Design Thinking is a method for creative problem solving used across sectors. In this hands-on session participants will explore addressing environmental racism through the phases of Design Thinking from defining the problem to building physical prototypes. We will incorporate elements of reflexivity, praxis and procedural justice. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how to apply Design Thinking in their own social justice work.

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