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Towards Relational Design Practices

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The legacies of design practice often uphold entrenched systems of oppression,” introduce the topic of their recent article published as part of the Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium Senior Landecker Fellows Erica Dorn and Tara Dickman.

According to the Senior Landecker Fellows, “fundamental components of systems change tend to be absent from most design training and practice.”

Therefore, the authors in the article¬†call for designers to “learn from principles and practices of community organizing to adopt relational approaches that can sustain the promise that systemic design envisions and enables.”

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I’m grateful to Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action for bringing Tara and me together through the Landecker Democracy Fellowship, enabling us to explore this crucial question: What can designers learn from community organizers about how change happens?,” shared Erica in this LinkedIn post.

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Erica and Tara are Landecker Democracy Fellows. This Fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the Fellowship here.