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Pressure Points In The System: Ontological perspectives on the labour of changemaking

RSD12 conference proceedings-

In this paper, I present a selection of ontological perspectives of marginalised people in relation to their experiences of labour entangled with and within the paradigm of changemaking.  

Building upon the seminal work of systemic designer Donella Meadows on "leverage points in the system”. Meadows' leverage points in the system are pivotal junctures where small changes can lead to profound shifts in complex systems. However, my focus diverges towards the ontological realities of those who exist and labour at pressure points of change that exist at many places throughout systems and societal structures. It focuses on those who are left with the burden of enacting the change designed by others in more privileged positions. This paper aims to be a snapshot of the pressure points in the system. Latina feminista scholars refer to this style of academic writing as testimonios. These Testimonios serve to deepen understanding of the radical systemic issues that can occur when mechanistic interventions focus on change rather than those tasked with the labour of enacting that change. 

Changemaking is often associated with grand ambition, protest, and political reform. However, for marginalised people, it is a constant process of self-advocacy, retrofitting surroundings, relationships, and themselves to simply sustain their existence in a world designed for other people’s comfort. 

It is important to note, so as not to permeate reductive or abstractive narratives about marginalised people, that these stories of oppression and difficulties exist within the colourful and diverse lives of marginalised people. This is not a depiction of the life of persons living on the margins of a dominant culture aimed to promote pity or saviourism. These testimonios are “a crucial means of bearing witness and inscribing into history those lived realities that would otherwise succumb to the alchemy of erasure”. 

When discussing systemic change, Meadows refers to the importance of not using the “same old faucets, plumbed into the same old systems” These are the stories of those faucets. 

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Micro (im)Mobilities:
Frictions and Freedoms of Movement

An exploration of barriers to mobility through the lens of Mobility Justice principles. 

This is an interactive pdf:  Anything with a drop shadow is a button and will reveal more information. 

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Cards Against Mobility
 

A position piece on understanding the complex nature of Mobility across all underrepresented communities.

 

see below for a link to an interactive share space for you to add your voice to the discussion

 

This is an interactive pdf:  Anything with a drop shadow is a button and will reveal more information. 

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Rethinking Participatory Design Research Methodologies

RSD11 conference proceedings-

This presentation is an exploration of changemaking design practices centred around the problematics of engagement through the lens of micro-(im)mobilities (Sheller, 2018, p2) that are reproduced in conventional participatory design and research methodologies. I have observed that traditional social design, co-design and focus group models of academic social research lean heavily on the labour of the oppressed for the gain of those in positions of power.

OK!COOL!
 

A Phd research pilot project around centring minimising the burden of change on the shoulders of the oppressed. Rethinking participatory design research practice

Micro (im)Mobilities:
Frictions and Freedoms of Movement

An exploration of barriers to mobility through the lens of Mobility Justice principles. 

This is an interactive pdf:  Anything with a drop shadow is a button and will reveal more information. 

tube map.jpg

Cards Against Mobility
 

A position piece on understanding the complex nature of Mobility across all underrepresented communities.

 

see below for a link to an interactive share space for you to add your voice to the discussion

 

This is an interactive pdf:  Anything with a drop shadow is a button and will reveal more information. 

OK!COOL!
 

A Phd research pilot project around centring minimising the burden of change on the shoulders of the oppressed. Rethinking participatory design research practice

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Empathy Spectrum Workshop
 

A workshop to create a better understanding of how to design with disability in mind.

 

This is an interactive pdf:  Anything with a drop shadow is a button and will reveal more information. click to on the content to reveal more

The Positive Impacts of Covid 19 on the Disabled Community

 

Written at the start of UK's second wave- positive impacts of pandemic on disabled people's lives. This document is has an accompanying film.

This is an interactive pdf: . Anything with a drop shadow is a button and will reveal more information. roll over the content to see additional information.

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From Sensory Room To Living Room

 

Research on normalising Self regulation techniques like stimming in public places..

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Mobilising Disabled People In The UK

 

 

An analysis of the mobilisation of disabled people and the impact that universal design has had on the issue.

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