The brilliant Nichol Bradford (from the Transformative Tech Lab) invited people online to name the current moment.
Hi there community, I’m very interested in your thoughts on what we should call this. Have been thinking of the impact of The Great Depression and how it shaped lives, mindsets, and countries. What do we call this? As it will surely be something everyon… https://t.co/T4sWNfrLdZ
- Nichol Bradford (@Nichol_Bradford) March 25, 2020
In her/their words : “Because we are meaning-making machines, what we name this moment matters for how we will respond to it”. These are what people came up with:
The 2019-nCoV virus is here and it’s likely to be an ongoing presence in our lives for a year, perhaps two. There’s even a small chance it will be a permanent feature in the long term if it turns out that antibodies for this virus don’t last in the bloodstream.
This is not a change we were prepared for, and we weren’t prepared for how much of our world and daily lives it would affect. We certainly weren’t prepared for the speed at which all this change would hit us.
We have just got back from hosting a popup studio at Burning Man, and it was a deeply fulfilling and inspiring experience.
Originally, we had intended on setting up a portable studio in different parts of the playa every day, but having scouted out the location near the temple we realized it was a really good location. Our purpose aligns well with the Temple’s: provide support for people going through emotionally challenging situations.
A group of twenty professionals from the fields of design and social sciences gathered at SonicRim’s San Francisco studio recently for an open discussion session about the need for tech companies to establish an “ethical foresight” practice to be mindful of the social impact and consequences of their innovations.
As technology spreads into the most intimate aspects of our lives, overlooking possible consequences of our innovations can lead to dire social impact. Disruptive innovations can cause harm at a mass scale and quickly. Our capacity to do harm can outstrip our capacity to mitigate the harm. …
Here’s an example of why it’s important to be present in the actual environments where users use your product.
Above is a receipt from an order at a quick-serve restaurant. The receipt is placed on a stand with an order number written large to help the server locate the person who placed the order.
(You cannot see this in the photo, but the written order number is the order number generated by the point of sale system with extraneous zeroes removed.)
This is a classic work-around — a user-created way of modifying the use of the product in order to…
Here follow some propositions making parallels between the two and why there is a case for governance and politics to draw from the toolkits of user/human centered design.
(And, to a smaller degree, why design practitioners can learn from the larger patterns of governance and politics in the world today to make their work more grounded, ethical, and inclusive.)
We can think about the parallel challenges in two categories from design discourse; I’m using these two categories because it seems to be that framing governance in terms of design is the more interesting move for me. …
Propositions on sensibly making use of metrics when designing things: (for mathematically minded people)
Consider the following stupid machines:
What does one need to have well-designed services? A recent trip to India suggests that it might take more than good blueprints and planning, and that culture may play a role.
Two anecdotes illustrate this.
My parents bought a car recently, and shopped around for various brands. Instead of having to take time off from work and spending it in Delhi’s busy traffic to visit the dealership, the dealerships brought the cars home to test. …
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