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Organised by Alberto Soriano, Josina Vink and Shivani Prakash

Taking a systemic view of systemic design itself, we understand that systemic design is not separate from, but rather a part of, the fabric of oppression in society. If we fail to acknowledge this, the systemic design community will continue to unwittingly reproduce oppressive dynamics. This two-part dialogue series brings diverse perspectives together for a reflective exploration into systemic design’s role in perpetuating oppression. The first session will be an online panel with invited international guests to critically reflect on the ways in which systemic design is complicit in reproducing oppression. The second session will be an in-person fishbowl dialogue with leaders and contributors to Relating Systems Thinking and Design 11 grappling with if and how the systemic design community can confront legacies of oppression and work toward liberatory aims.

Purpose

The aim of this dialogue series is to build a collective awareness of divergent realities related to issues of oppression in, with and through systemic design. Through dialogue, we aim to build a shared, but not unified understanding, of the ways that systemic design is implicated in structural discrimination and support early exploration into how the systemic design community can responsibly resist and dismantle oppression.

Session 1 | October 3

Panellists: Shana Agid, Ahmed Ansari, Melanie Goodchild, and Frederick van Amstel

RSDX panellists and participants critically reflect on the ways in which systemic design is complicit in reproducing oppression.

This session is free and open to all. Sign up below.

Discussion

What is the systemic nature of oppression, and how does it manifest?

In what ways is oppression reproduced in systemic design?

RSDX panels are hosted by the University of Brighton and the organisers and are free and open to all. Please register for this session to receive the Zoom link.

Session 2 | October 14

In this session, held at RSD11, the in-person fishbowl dialogue grapples with if – and how – the systemic design community can confront legacies of oppression and work toward liberatory aims. Due to capacity limitations, RSD11 registration is required.

Additional participants that register will join the outer circle and listen to the people in the inner circle start the dialogue. Then the dialogue will move to the outer circle, and they will be invited to contribute their perspectives. Finally, the dialogue will be opened up for all to discuss their reflections and thoughts regarding if and how the systemic design community can work towards liberation.

Discussion

What are the implications and experiences of oppression in systemic design locally?

What does understanding the legacies of oppression demand of the systemic design community

Can the systemic design community work towards liberation? If so, how?

Keywords: legacies, systemic oppression, dialogue

 

Shana Agid

Ahmed Ansari

Melanie Goodchild

Frederick van Amstel

RSDX Open Sessions

Posted September 2022

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Suggested Citation Format (APA)

Author(s) (20XX). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSDX) Symposium. rsdsymposium.org/LINK.

Posted September 2022