Three criticisms of socially motivated design
Edan Weis

Hello! This work is exactly what I work in, and your critiques are very well levied towards design for international development. I’ll definitely have to check out your references, but I’d love to continue this conversation with you offline.

I’m currently at the University of California, Berkeley, and I conduct research on the nexus of design thinking and international development; particularly, if the current practical ways design thinking is used is inclusive of the communities they aim to help, and if the methods actually help they way they should. Much of my critique of the field has been the overarching presence of technocratic thought and methods, or at least a neoliberal and solely market-based interpretation of design, which separates the political from the interventions; which serves to destroy the agency of the end users. I’d love to keep this conversation going if you have the chance. Hope to hear from you soon!

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