Design enabling plurality of voices, re-distribution of power
This panel discussion talks about how design can enable inclusion of multiple voices, views and value sets into the process of designing. It will address the shortcomings, limitations and challenges that design has in creating reciprocity or decolonizing setting in these processes. It will address difficult questions of distribution of power both during the design process and the impacts of it after design. It will also ponder how the plurality of voices and questions of power impact on the concept of design itself and redefining this?
Chaired by Satu Miettinen and Nicola Morelli
Europe (CET): 2nd February 2021 10:30 am to 12:00 am
US (EST): 2nd February 2021 4:30 am to 6:00 am
Satu Miettinen is a professor of service design at the University of Lapland. She works as a dean of the Faculty of Art and Design. For several years she has been working with service design research and authored number of books and research publications in this area. She is working with SINCO service prototyping and simulation research environment. Her research interests are in the areas of service design including the areas of social and public service development, citizen engagement and digital service development. She is PI and co-ordinator in several national and international design research projects funded by European Commision Horizon 2020 program and the Academy of Finland. Satu Miettinen is also an active artist and designer in the area of socially engaged art and ecofeminist photography. She has a long history in artistic work with Namibian and South African communities in crafts and design development work in numerous projects.
Nicola Morelli (BArch, PhD) is Professor at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology (AD:MT) at Aalborg University. He has been among the funders of the Master in Service Systems Design at Aalborg University. He has been teaching at Politecnico di Milano, RMIT University, Melbourne, HEAD, Geneve and ITU Instanbul. He is also participating as project manager, local coordinator or Work Package leader to other international projects, including My Neighborhood, Ludinno, Life 2.0, Open4Citizens, Designscapes, MUV and T-Factor. Nicola Morelli’s research focuses on user participation, social innovation and co-production, methodological aspects and design for policy. In the past few years he has been working on service design projects in the public sectors. His activity in European projects made it possible for him to collaborate with several private companies, academic and research institutions in other countries, such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, The Netherland, UK, Finland and Germany.
Ricardo Sosa is Associate Professor at Auckland University of Technology and holds adjunct positions at Monash University and Nanyang University of Technology Singapore. He teaches and conducts research in design and creative technologies with an emphasis on creativity for social justice.
Dr.Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani is an urbanist, curator, and artist practicing new modes of public arts, design, and urban research for community engagement, and is author of Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York's Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (University of Iowa Press, 2019). She is principal of the design and research studio Buscada and teaches urban studies and public art at the New School. She was postdoctoral fellow in visual culture at the International Center of Photography and holds a PhD in environmental psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY. She regularly consults with arts and culture organizations on community and art engagements and strategic visioning. Her creative practice has been shown at institutions including MIT, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Center for Architecture, Artists Alliance/Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and Tate Britain. Her work on cities, culture, and photography has appeared in journals, including Visual Studies, Urban Omnibus, Space and Culture, Society & Space, and Buildings & Landscapes.
Joanna is an Information technology graduate, design researcher and service designer. Her urge to make technology more humane has driven her towards a career in design. As part of her Ph.D. studies at Tallinn University in Estonia, she is conducting research on service design entitled “Actionable service design deliverables.” She is the author of numerous scientific publications in the field of service design and design methods. Since 2013 she has been one of the authors of the “User Experience and Product Design in Poland” report. Her research interests include developing design strategies for supporting the cooperation between service design consultants and their clients. She is an advocate of co-creation as an approach to problem-solving. She is also interested in exploring design processes in the era of artificial intelligence.
Peter West is an academic in RMIT’s School of Design and co-lead of Bundyi Girri. Peter’s research has seen him engage with Indigenous Nations across Australia. This has led to a teaching practice which focuses on non Indigenous students contextualising their design practices in relation to Indigenous sovereignty. This has consequently been the impetus for RMIT’s Bundyi Girri strategy. Bundyi Girri is RMIT’s university wide change strategy which supports non-Indigenous people into an awareness of their role and ongoing responsibility in their relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Tristan Schultz is a descendant of the Gamilaroi people along with an eclectic mix of European genealogies. He is an interdisciplinary designer, strategist and researcher with a B.Design, M. Design Futures with Honours and a PhD in Design. His work intersects foresight and futures thinking, decolonial thinking, strategic design, mapping, Indigenous Knowledge, arts and culture and sustainability. He is affiliated with multiple universities and is Founder and Co-Director of a Jellurgal (Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast) strategic design agency Relative Creative, that focuses on designing communication, strategies, experiences and events that help people think, talk and mobilise sustainable futures. He is also one of eight international comrades in the Decolonising Design Group. Tristan has spearheaded critical design-led conversations, published, led major projects and collaborated nationally and internationally.