CD/CF II Symposium: Design Thinking and Future Making or Democratic Design Experiments (In the Small)?

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CONFERENCE: Critical Design / Critical Futures

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Ehn, Pelle
Art and Design
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With design thinking successful entrepreneurs in hubris claim to design, innovate and make a prosperous and even democratic ”future” for us all. But what if this is only a dominant ideology and hegemonic power in disguise, disciplining and eventually threatening our lives? This conversation, with a dash of melancholia, explores less successful still hopeful situated counter examples of co-designed "marginal futures made in the small and by the many". The examples range from creative communities in less favorable neighborhoods, to maker spaces as genuine collaborative forms of production, to democracy revitalized through imaginative public engagements.Pelle Ehn has been one of the most important figures in the development of worker orientated design, participatory planning and democratic design in Scandinavia. Author of "Manifesto for a Digital Bauhaus" (1998) and Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy (MIT Press, 2014), he is a professor at the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden.