Liberatory Design is a process and practice to:
Liberatory Design: Mindsets and Modes to Design for Equity
- Generate self-awareness to liberate designers from habits that perpetuate inequityEquityA commitment to action: the process of redistributing access and opportunity to be fair and just.A way of being: the state of being free of bias, discrimination, and identity-predictable outcomes… More.
- Shift the relationship between the people who hold powerThe 20th Century political scientist Karl Deutsch said, “Power is the ability not to have to learn.”I quote this statement often, because I think it’s one of the most important… More to design and those impacted.
- Foster learning and agency for those involved
- in and influenced by the design work.
- Create conditions for collective liberation.
Liberatory Design is a creative problem-solving approach and practice that centers equity and supports us to design for liberation. It is made up of mindsetsThe marketing of mindsets was everywhere this year: “How to Develop Mindsets for Compassion and Caring in Students.” “Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making.” “6 Must-Haves for… More and modes. Mindsets invoke stances and valuesRemind yourself that shared values, rather than shared beliefs, are what matter when it comes to interacting with others, and that there is no replacement for doing the hard work… More to ground and focus our design practice, and modes provide process guidance for our design practice. Liberatory Design generates self-awareness to liberate designers from habits that perpetuate inequity, shifts the relationship between the people who hold power to design and those impacted, fosters learning and agency for those involved in and influenced by the design work, and creates conditions for collective liberation.Liberatory Design
Liberatory design is an emergentEmergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Emergent strategy is a way that all of… More process that adds two notable modes to design thinking: notice and reflect. As components of consciousness, intentional work in which educators notice and reflect will result in schools that are more fully human because the faculty is more self-aware in its instructional practices and curriculum design. This suggests the real value of liberatory design, its ability to counter the tendencies in modern life that underlie systemic injustice.Designing Possibility in Schools
Liberatory Design Mindsets
Build Relational TrustAutists conceptualise the world in terms of trusted relationships with unique people.The beauty of collaboration at human scale The Autistic way of developing trust is based on experienced domain-specific competence…. More
Invest in relationships with intention, especially across difference. Honor stories. Practice empatheticEmpathy is not an autistic problem, it’s a human problem, it’s a deficit in imagination.We all need to work on imagining things we have not been through.Empathy, Imagination and Autism… More listening.
Who we are determines how we design. Looking in the “mirror” reveals what we see, how we relate, and how our perspectives impact our practice.
Learn to see how oppression, in its many forms, has shaped designs that lead to inequity.
Recognize that equity challenges are complex and messy. Stay open to possibility. Powerful design emerges from the mess, not from avoiding it.
Focus on Human Values
Get to know the communityWhat I have always been hoping to accomplish is the creation of community.Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-First-Person-Stories-Twenty-First-ebook/dp/B082ZQBL98/ https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-Adapted-Young-Adults-ebook/dp/B08VFT4R9T/… More we are designing with in as many different ways as possible. Anchor all of our decision-making in human values.
Seek Liberatory Collaboration
Recognize differencesOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals… More in power and identity to design “with” instead of “for.” Design for belonging.
Work with Fear and Discomfort
Fear and discomfort are anticipated parts of equity design work. Identifying the sources of such feelings offers us a context to work through them and continue to design.
Attend to Healing
The effects of oppression are complex and often hinder our ability to take action. Integrate ongoing healing processes when designing for equity.
Work to Transform Power
Explore structures and opportunities for interactions in which power is shared, not exercised.
Exercise Creative Courage
Every human is creative. Creative courage allows us to push through self-doubt and creative fragility so we can design bravely against oppression.
Take Action to Learn
The complexity of oppression must be addressed with courageous ongoing action. Experiment as a way to think and learn – without attachment to outcome.
Share, Don’t Sell
Practice transparency and non-attachment in sharing ideas with collaborators.Liberatory Design: Mindsets and Modes to Design for Equity
Further readingThere are three types of reading: eye reading, ear reading, and finger reading.The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning Most schools and… More,