Design justice - note

A note, to be added to the main body of the handbook xxx
xxx embraces and arises from design justice in two ways. First, treating the stack of commons as a field of design, conducted under principles of social, economic and environmental justice. And secondly, designing, stewarding and mobilising the spaces of for the cultivation of social, economic and environmental justice.
  • We design to sustain, heal, and empower our communities, as well as to seek liberation from exploitative and oppressive systems
  • We center the voices of those who are directly impacted by the outcomes of the design process
  • We prioritize design’s impact on the community over the intentions of the designer.
  • We view change as emergent from an accountable, accessible, and collaborative process, rather than as a point at the end of a process.
  • We see the role of the designer as a facilitator rather than an expert.
  • We believe that everyone is an expert based on their own lived experience, and that we all have unique and brilliant contributions to bring to a design process.
  • We share design knowledge and tools with our communities.
  • We work towards sustainable, community-led and -controlled outcomes.
  • We work towards non-exploitative solutions that reconnect us to the earth and to each other.
  • Before seeking new design solutions, we look for what is already working at the community level. We honor and uplift traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge and practices.