Book Sasha Costanza-Chock
Design Justice Book Presentation
Community-led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need. In this talk, Dr. Costanza-Chock presents an overview of their new book, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, published by the MIT Press in 2020. The book is an exploration of how we might re-imagine design to be led by marginalized communities as a tool to help dismantle structural inequality, advance collective liberation, and support ecological survival. More information about the book can be found at https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/design-justice. In a book talk, Dr. Costanza-Chock presents an overview of key themes, concepts, and excerpts from the text with the aid of projected slides for 30-45 minutes, followed by a discussion with the audience of 15-30 minutes.
Design Justice 101 Workshop (w/Design Justice Network members)
Design is key to our collective liberation, but most design processes today reproduce inequalities structured by what Black feminist scholars call the matrix of domination. Intersecting inequalities are manifest at all levels of the design process. Design justice focuses on the ways that design reproduces, is reproduced by, and/or challenges the matrix of domination (white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, capitalism, and settler colonialism). Design justice is also a growing community of practice that aims to ensure a more equitable distribution of design’s benefits and burdens; fair and meaningful participation in design decisions; and recognition of community based design traditions, knowledge, and practices. This workshop introduces the Design Justice Principles, developed by an emerging network of designers and community organizers, and explores how to put those principles into practice in your community, organization, or shop.
Oracle for Transfeminist Technologies Workshop (w/Coding Rights)
Throughout history, human beings have used a wide variety of divination procedures (such as Tarot decks) as technologies to understand the present and reshape the future. In this workshop, a set of divination cards composing an oracle will guide us towards an experience of envisioning transfeminist AIs and other technologies. The wisdom of the oracle, embedded with transfeminist values, will help us foresee a better future where tech is co-designed with people who are too often excluded from or targeted by technology in today’s world. Participants will learn about what an intersectional transfeminist lens can bring to the discussion about AI; engage in a speculative design exercise; generate ideas for new technologies; and discuss how to partner with community based organizations to design new technologies.