2–5 February 2021



Power in coffee: Disrupting practice for community-led change


Presenting Author(s): Aiya Idris, Hania Yassin
03 February 2021

Join us for a traditional Eritrean Boon coffee ceremony during which we will explore the application of genuine power-sharing when designing with traditionally marginalised communities. Hosted by women from the Flemington Housing Estate, our ceremony is intended to welcome you into a cultural ritual that will disrupt both the spaces and ways in which you consider power.

Through our ceremony, we will explore the tensions that underly designing with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, especially the negotiation of rich cultural complexity in design practice.

Over sips of Eritrean ginger coffee, we will dive into open dialogue about the enablers and barriers to power-sharing in the design process. This reflection draws on our lived experience as well as our work co-designing with and for our community. As women from Muslim-African backgrounds, we experience the ramifications of others designing solutions for our community that do not address our needs. Therefore, we prioritised genuine powersharing in our co-design project addressing unemployment for women in our community, developing tools and processes that we will share with you. These tools include a powersharing tool developed through our learnings, which can be used to define and monitor the transfer of power between a professional designer and community members.

By participating in our Eritrean Boon coffee ceremony, you will have the opportunity to explore a different cultural tradition, share learnings about power-sharing in design, and interact with our tools and processes for ensuring genuine community ownership of the design process.

Europe (CET): 3rd February 2021 1:45 am to 3:45 am

US (EST): 2nd February 2021 7:45 pm to 9:45 pm

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Aiya Idris
Aiya Idris
AMI Consulting

Aiya is a Youth Worker and Co-design Consultant with over ten years’ experience across the community and youth development sectors operating in local government, consulting and community settings. Aiya has strong grass roots knowledge and valuable connections to various community leaders, community groups, State and Local Government and Victoria Police. Through her professional work, she upholds experience in developing, coordinating projects/programs and co-design facilitation. Aiya has a track record of delivering processes that enable marginalised community members to design and implement responses to complex social issues. She believes in encouraging effective community participation to create relevant opportunities for the community to be involved in influencing, shaping, designing and contributing to the development and implementation of community-led initiatives and place-based engagement. Aiya started her own independent consulting (A.M.I consulting) in the social justice space and supported the residents impacted by the hard lockdown that took place in the public housing estate.

Hania Yassin
Hania Yassin
Flemington Works

Hania is an Occupational Therapist by trade but also an active member of her local community. She has volunteered in a number of events and fundraisers in the local community. Last year, Hania participated in the women’s co design project part of Moonee Valley City Council as a Project Support Officer. The aim of the project was to identify the barriers for unemployment for women living in the Flemington estate. Hania was heavily involved with facilitating sessions and communication with the local community, various stakeholders such as government and service providers. She will highlight her experience through the project and seek to explore in this conference the experience of facilitating the power-sharing to and from community.