Landecker Democracy Fellow Erica Dorn is a social systems choreographer. She’s led an extensive career in local economic development, systems-level change facilitation, social impact investing, and business and leadership education. As a doctoral researcher in Transition Design at Carnegie Mellon University, her research co-designs alternative futures in which citizenship is abolished in exchange for the free movement of the human and more-than-human.
We live in an era of hyper-mobility, marked by the mass movement of people virtually, trans-locally and globally. Yet our modern democratic systems are designed around fixity and separation, materializing systems that do not include and adapt to the increasing numbers of people on the move.
The Civic Mobility project brings together people on the move to tell their stories of place, mobility, and civic participation and to co-design pathways towards democracies that are adaptive and inclusive of people on the move.
Erica’s project called Civic Mobility posits a future where citizenship is abolished and backcasts to look at existing interventions that move us closer towards realizing living democracies. Curated dialogues with people on the move including refugees, migrants, immigrants, housing insecure, and neo-nomads surface the complexity of the human relationship to place. Interspersed workshops create spaces for people on the move to share methods of mobile civic participation and to envision and co-design inroads into more adaptive living democracies.
Living democracies are shaped by radical inclusivity and adaptivity to displaced, dysplaced, and distance-enabled.
Democractic spaces must be mobile. Now we must design culture and policy for a world where people and places are entangled through complex enmeshing networks. But this reality of place and human mobility are not fully materialized in our democractic processes, instead we have increasing calls for isolationism and bordering.
To counter this, the Civic Mobility project brings together people on the move to tell their stories of place, mobility, and civic participation. People on the move then work together to co-design pathways towards democracies that are adaptive to and radically inclusive of people on the move.
- Visit Suburb Futures, Erica’s new website connecting and educating civic leaders in US suburbs who are advancing equitable and living futures.
- Listen to the Design in Transition Podcast which Erica co-created. Its second season will include an episode discussing her action project on civic mobility, as well as interviews a wide ray of professionals and academics, including Landecker Fellows Christiana Bukalo and Iason Apostolopoulos. (Listen on Spotify)
Virtual Discussion: Emerging Suburb Futures
Senior Landecker Fellow Erica Dorn's platform Suburb Futures, together with PlacemakingX and PlacemakingUS, organize a virtual discussion titled "Emerging Suburb Futures Virtual Discussion."
The mobile public spaces of Aurora, Colorado
Landecker Senior Fellow Erica Dorn wrote an Op-Ed for discussing how Aurora, Colorado is using mobile ‘public spaces’ to address the challenges of suburban social service delivery.
Landecker Fellow Erica Dorn - Inclusive Agendas for US Suburbs
Humanity in Action asks Landecker Fellow Erica Dorn to talk about her Action Project.
Erica Dorn: Launch of Design in Transition Podcast Season II
On the 1st of October 2021, Design in Transition Podcast (Diseño en Transición in Spanish), which Landecker Fellow Erica Dorn co-created, is launching its second season.
Erica Dorn Interviewed in Diseño y Democracia
On July 7th, Landecker Fellow Erica Dorn appeared on an episode of the podcast Diseño y Democracia, a podcast about design and democracy.
Erica Dorn: Designing Migration Equity Summer Course at Carnegie Mellon University
In April of 2021, Landecker Fellow Erica Dorn programmed a Designing Migration Equity summer course at Carnegie Mellon University.
Erica Dorn: How can we strengthen democratic institutions?
Landecker Democracy Fellow Erica Dorn reflects on the state of US democracy after the violent storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.