Category Archives: Evolving Wordstock

Change the present now! Agents of Alternatives is launched

It is a while since I penned some words for window874. There are a multitude of reasons, but one of the larger ones comes in a 480page co-edited limited edition book called Agents of Alternatives: Re-designing Our Realities, a compendium

Change the present now! Agents of Alternatives is launched

It is a while since I penned some words for window874. There are a multitude of reasons, but one of the larger ones comes in a 480page co-edited limited edition book called Agents of Alternatives: Re-designing Our Realities, a compendium

Co-design loop 2.0

In March 2009, I promoted the application of co-design, designing together, as a fundamentally new way of practising design that I saw, and still see, as essential to our transition to more sustainable ways of consuming, producing, living, working and

Co-design loop 2.0

In March 2009, I promoted the application of co-design, designing together, as a fundamentally new way of practising design that I saw, and still see, as essential to our transition to more sustainable ways of consuming, producing, living, working and

Activist strategies: Agreement, Agonism, Antagonism

Since July 2012, when I gave a keynote talk at U Design 12, Portugal’s first PhD design research conference, I have shown and evolved a simple four-way matrix as a means to think about how designers might ‘orientate their activism’

Activist strategies: Agreement, Agonism, Antagonism

Since July 2012, when I gave a keynote talk at U Design 12, Portugal’s first PhD design research conference, I have shown and evolved a simple four-way matrix as a means to think about how designers might ‘orientate their activism’

Towards eudaimonic possibilitarian design(-ing)…

Re-imaginging and re-purposing design(-ing) requires new language, thoughts, deeds and manifestations. It also demands fresh perspectives and orientations. So I want to raise a challenge for all concerned about design(-ing)’s contribution to contingent realities. Berard Stiegler, the French philosopher, writing

Towards eudaimonic possibilitarian design(-ing)…

Re-imaginging and re-purposing design(-ing) requires new language, thoughts, deeds and manifestations. It also demands fresh perspectives and orientations. So I want to raise a challenge for all concerned about design(-ing)’s contribution to contingent realities. Berard Stiegler, the French philosopher, writing

The emancipation of Design(-ing)…for the nourishment of all

‘Emancipation’ is a word with a heavy burden. It is often associated with the liberation of disadvantaged and/or minority peoples from discriminatory, unfair, dominant socio-cultural or political processes. Thus framed it is ‘political emancipation’, but emancipation stretches well beyond the

The emancipation of Design(-ing)…for the nourishment of all

‘Emancipation’ is a word with a heavy burden. It is often associated with the liberation of disadvantaged and/or minority peoples from discriminatory, unfair, dominant socio-cultural or political processes. Thus framed it is ‘political emancipation’, but emancipation stretches well beyond the

Critical consciousness

Critical consciousness, conscientization or originally conscientização (Portuguese) is a social concept formulated and developed by the Brazilian educationalist, writer and thinker Paolo Freire. In his book Education for critical consciousness (1974), which he published just four years after his seminal

Critical consciousness

Critical consciousness, conscientization or originally conscientização (Portuguese) is a social concept formulated and developed by the Brazilian educationalist, writer and thinker Paolo Freire. In his book Education for critical consciousness (1974), which he published just four years after his seminal

Empathy

Often described as one of the most critical tools for social and political change, empathy is more than just a fluffy concept to nurture the understanding of other people. But what exactly does it mean? The term empathy comes from

Empathy

Often described as one of the most critical tools for social and political change, empathy is more than just a fluffy concept to nurture the understanding of other people. But what exactly does it mean? The term empathy comes from