For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging
Jacobs Institute, UC Berkeley
January-November, 2019

A year of public programs outlining design’s blind spots and exclusions and sharing thoughts on futures of belonging.

Speakers include:
Mario Ballesteros (Abierto/Travesías)
Genevieve Bell (Intel/ANU)
August de los Reyes (Google)
Tom di Maria (Creative Growth)
Claire Evans (Tech Journalist)
Karen Nakamura (UC Berkeley)
Ellen Pao (Project Include)
Niloufar Salehi (UC Berkeley)
Dori Tunstall (OCAD University)

Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design’s perceived innocence — admitting historical and contemporary cases where design accidentally or purposefully excludes — to formulate more deliberate positions on designers’ role in shaping collective life. More than an effort to incorporate neglected populations within existing paradigms, today’s leaders work to reinvent design and technology to promote alternative methodologies, knowledges, and ways of life. From racist bots to #metoo, the urgency of this reinvention has only become more apparent. This year, the Jacobs Institute invites a group of thinkers and practitioners to outline design’s blind spots and exclusions and share their thoughts on possibilities for a future of belonging.