Design for Good webcast series

Join us for a limited, six-part Design for Good webcast series.

Registration is now open for the fifth episode, “Design justice practice: spreading power,” which will air on May 12 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

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About this episode

Design justice practice; racial justice by design: What happens when design aims to bulldoze privileges, break down power dynamics, and resist biases and procedures that prevent underserved communities from equal access to power?

In what promises to be a provocative conversation, social impact designers turn civic engagement upside down to look at ways to empower the community to become co-creators of the creative process, and not just beneficiaries of it: “When you organize, it’s not about pulling out data from the community you work in, it’s about spreading power,” said Bryan Lee Jr., designer and webcast panelist.

But what expertise, values, and self-determination do community members bring to the table, when they are invited? Designer and webcast panelist Antionette Carroll advocates for a more holistic approach to issues of inequity. By using concrete case studies, we will discuss the progressive approaches and tools these designers are creating to operate in full active-listening mode—whether they’re involved in 2D or 3D design projects.

Guest speakers

  • Antionette D. Carroll, executive director and founder of Creative Reaction Lab, AIGA St Louis chapter president
  • Bryan C. Lee Jr., architectural designer and design justice advocate, founder of Colloqate Design

This conversation will be moderated by Laetitia Wolff, director of strategic initiatives and curator of the NEA Design for Good webcast series.

We'll answer questions like:

  • How can we embed this kind of practice in the profession at large vs. keeping it as a peripheral conversation?
  • How can we grow from designing for social justice in a general sense to actually taking the individual self, bias included, into consideration?
  • How do we move the needle on social impact by shifting our perspectives and methodologies even further—leaving the usual idea empathy behind for an even braver one—humility?

What you’ll take away:

This webcast is about pushing social impact design even further to focus on racial issues and questions of power distribution. Learn about design-driven strategies applied to African American communities of St. Louis and New Orleans, community engagement tactics, and active listening processes that address the seemingly wicked problems of inequity and human behavior.

About the series

With this webcast series AIGA is relaunching Design for Good, a cause that has been at the core of AIGA since 2011. Design for Good will now house the strategic initiatives, composed of Design for Democracy, Diversity & Inclusion, and Women Lead.

The Design for Good webcast series is a resource of practical information and instruction through inspirational stories, offering opportunities for engaging dialogue, leadership development, and professional training. The guest speakers—AIGA members and beyond—are all active practitioners in social impact design, gender equity, creative placemaking, government innovation, racial justice, healthcare access, and more. While sharing their approaches to design practice, they will demonstrate how designers can develop solutions for complex societal issues.

Upcoming webcasts

Webcast 5
Friday April 28 at 12:00 p.m. EST
Racial justice by design and Diversity & Inclusion

Webcast 6
Friday May 26 at 12:00 p.m. EST
Impact measurement and public health access

Stay tuned for more details on these upcoming webcasts as they become available.

Previous webcasts

Webcast 1: Design for social impact 101
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST
Mark Randall, principal, Worldstudio; co-founder and chair, Impact! Design for Social Change
Watch the video here.

Webcast 2: Face your gender bias
Thursday January 19, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. EST
Women Lead co-chairs Deborah Adler and Lynda Decker talk the newly-launched Gender Equity Toolkit and more
Watch the video here.

Webcast 3: Main street redux
Friday February 17 at 12:00 p.m. EST
Learn more about civic engagement in New York and Los Angeles and AIGA’s Design for Communities program.
Watch the video here.

Webcast 4: The constitutionary
Friday March 17 at 12:00 p.m. EST
Government innovation and Design for Democracy
Watch the video here.

Series format

All six webcasts, curated and moderated by AIGA strategic initiatives director Laetitia Wolff, begin with one or two pre-recorded, narrated slideshows (10–20 minutes), followed by a Q&A with the guest speaker and additional guests, including a representative from the task forces and committees of AIGA's strategic initiatives.

Later in the series, we will also provide more participatory models, aimed at increasing participants' facilitation skills, with one webcast incorporating a challenge-based charrette.

The Design for Good webcast series is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding provided by IBM.

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