Pivot 2021 Virtual Conference July 22-23 2021
Dismantling Reassembling - tools for alternative futures

Emergent Distributed Design for Social Justice and Equity

We outline emergent distributed design and provide examples of alternative design, implementation, and operational processes that emphasize social justice, environmental rehabilitation, and furthering of collective efficacy in order to have positive impact on complex, dynamic, open, and concurrent systems and phenomena. We describe design considerations for tools and environments utilizing these considerations. We provide examples from integrated community and educational work in Chile, Thailand, and Brasil, that enable true co-design and co-authoring, enabling alternative forms of more just, democratic decision-making. We especially emphasize the need for personal and systemic integrity to enable achievement of values such as social justice, equity, and environmental rehabilitation, and the necessity of facilitating more democratic forms of control to enable such outcomes. We describe our design of computational and digital technologies that enable broad creative participation aiming for the democratization of technological fluency, so that all segments of society can participate in, contribute to, and express their ideas about future directions of their communities and societies so that this is not le^ to only the powerful and elite. Finally, we make recommendations for changes in design and engineering education, not only in university but throughout all school years.

Emergent design; distributed design; social justice; learning.

About David Cavallo and Andres Briceño- Gutiérrez

David Cavallo is a Principal Researcher at the Centro de Innovación y Diseño Avanzado, (Cinnda) in SanEago, Chile. He also is a VisiEng Research Collaborator at the InsEtuto de Estudos Avançados of the Universidade de São Paulo Cátedra do Educação Básica. He has a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from the Media Lab of MIT, where is advisor was Seymour Papert. He continued at MIT as the Director of the Future of Learning research group at the MIT Media Lab, focusing on the design, development, and uses of how constructionist uses of computational technologies, how better methodologies can facilitate learning, and how projects focused on learning and development can facilitate collective efficacy and just social development. Cavallo also was the Cheif Learning Officer, Vice-President for Education, and Director for Latin America for one laptop per child (OLPC), as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the innovative public university Universidade Federal do Sul da Bahia (UFSB).

Andres Briceño-Gutíerrez is Director at the Centro de Innovación y Diseño Avanzado, (Cinnda) and Professor at the Architecture, Art and Design Faculty of the Universidad Diego Portales, both based in SanEago de Chile. He is Architect and Master in Advanced Architecture IAAC-UPC, Barcelona, Spain. He has worked with several social organizations such as Architecture for Humanity, Fundación Vivienda and was vice-president of the National young Architects Committee COARQ. He is the co-founder of FabLab Santiago and Distributed Design FoundaEon (DID) and has been associated architect of MurEnho+Raby Architects (MRA) and professor at the Design School of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, DesignLab at Adolfo Ibañez University, the Design Department of Universidad de Chile, and professor in the Architecture, Design, Arts & CommunicaEons Faculty of Andres Bello University (UNAB).

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