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Ideas in Action: The Privilege of the Margins

April 9, 2020

We are a species and planet in a time of significant upheaval — and in this time of disruption, there is an urgent need to strengthen the resilience of our communities, at work, at home and where we live, work and play. The social design field, despite its nascence, provides opportunity to leverage design interventions – in places, spaces and processes that create the enabling conditions for the cultural phenomenon we call community. We must ask ourselves – how can social innovation as a design practice connect more deeply with social innovation as it is practiced by movements, institutions and people seeking justice? What tools and frameworks can social innovators learn from social designers and vice versa?

Drawing upon grassroots organizing tactics, community based human centered design, biomimetic innovation and other fields, these dialogues will explore shared values, language, approaches and aspirations between the fields of social design and social justice.

As we all adapt to COVID-19, how can we ensure that we remain vigilant about our values and steadfast in our commitment to social justice?

Join DSI Designer in Residence Sloan Leo with Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director and Urvashi Vaid, Founder & CEO, The Vaid Group for an intimate dialogue on power, privilege and the importance of centering the perspectives of communities at the margins.

136 W 21st St,
5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 592–2205

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