In June we wrapped up our first round of sessions of our Community Design for Leaders summer course. The two week collaboration between DSI, FLOX Studio, and Core77 was a huge success, and left attendees with a deep understanding of power, belonging, and independence within communities. In order to reach these understandings, the course defined, redefined, and reflected on topics such as collective inquiry building, systems thinking, the differences between community and traditional design, theories of impact, relational activism, and more over the course of two weeks.
Led by FLOX Founder and DSI faculty Sloan Leo, Laneen Wells, and Evan Ressegger (‘21) students were guided through a workbook that culminated in a closing presentation on the final day of class. Each presentation varied in form, some being research-based, some more personal, and some reflective on the course–but all students demonstrated a unique understanding of their role as designers, the principles and tools of community design, and their new knowledge of community design history.
We thank our collaborators at FLOX Studio, Core77 and SVA’s continuing education department for helping make this happen and look forward to offering future iterations of the course!