For Whom? By Whom?: Designs for Belonging Spring Programs at Jacobs Hall
Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design’s perceived innocence — admitting historical and contemporary cases where design accidentally or purposefully excludes — to formulate more deliberate positions on designers’ role in shaping collective life. More than an effort to incorporate neglected populations within existing paradigms, today’s leaders work to reinvent design and technology to promote alternative methodologies, knowledges, and ways of life. From racist bots to #metoo, the urgency of this reinvention has only become more apparent. This Spring, the Jacobs Institute invites a group of thinkers and practitioners to outline design’s blind spots and exclusions and share their thoughts on possibilities for a future of belonging.
Our current speaker lineup is below; more dates and speakers will be added in the coming weeks!
Jacobs Design Conversations
Fridays at noon, Jacobs Hall 310 Lectures and lunch with distinguished guests
Ellen Pao (Founder, Project Include), 4/5 On promoting diversity and inclusion in tech
Jodi Forlizzi (Professor, Carnegie Mellon University) On what comes after design thinking
We ask that attendees register in advance for Design Conversations; please visit our Eventbrite page a month in advance of talks to RSVP.
Design Field Notes
Mondays at 4pm, Jacobs Hall 220 Informal chats with leading design experts
August de los Reyes (Google), 2/4 On disability as a product of design
Karen Nakamura (UC Berkeley), 2/11 On disability and technology in Japan
Niloufar Salehi (UC Berkeley), 2/25 On designing social change online
Jacob Gaboury (UC Berkeley), 3/4 On queer histories of computing
Caricia Catalani (IDEO), 3/11 On designing for inclusive citizenship
Ben Allen (Stanford), 3/18 On the politics of code
Tom di Maria (Creative Growth), 4/15 On inclusive futures for art institutions
Bill Leddy (LMSA), 4/22 On architecture and accessibility
Thursday at 7pm, Jacobs Hall 310 Films on design’s power to exclude
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, 1/31