This summer I was honored to be invited to speak at the Eyeo Festival. I presented about design justice, in a session with the following description:
Design is key to our collective liberation, but most design processes today reproduce inequalities structured by what Black feminist scholars call the matrix of domination. Sasha will talk about Design Justice, a field of theory and practice that is concerned with how the design of objects and systems influences the distribution of benefits and burdens between various groups of people. Design justice focuses on the ways that design reproduces, is reproduced by, and/or challenges the matrix of domination (white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, capitalism, and settler colonialism). Design justice is also a growing social movement that aims to ensure a more equitable distribution of design’s benefits and burdens; fair and meaningful participation in design decisions; and recognition of community based design traditions, knowledge, and practices. They will conclude with the Design Justice Principles, developed by an emerging network of designers and community organizers, and invite people to get involved.
You can learn more about the Eyeo Festival, and find video of all of the presentations, on their website.