SOCIAL DESIGN SYDNEY EVENTS
We host curated events where practitioners share stories about their practice.
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Inner Development for Change Training Series
Inner Development for Change Training Series Change starts within Awareness is needed for intentional change. Inner development expands awareness of self, others and our contexts. …
Trauma Informed Design Research
Youth Participation at yourtown
yourtown’s mission to enable young people, especially those who are marginalised and without voice, to improve their quality of life. Learn about yourtown’s service design practice working with …
Reading Salon 2 : Living on Stolen Land
Join Social Design Sydney for our second reading salon! We will be discussing a short book of prose called Living on Stolen Land By: Ambelin Kwaymullina Living on Stolen …
Designing for Liberation with Tania Anaissie
Designing for Liberation with Tania Anaissie How might design practice need to adapt to serve the social sector? How might we align our design practice to …
Community-led Transition Processes with Kimberley Crofts
Moving towards sustainable transitions is so critical in these times. Amongst many other events, the recent catastrophic floods in Australia are testimony to this. What is the place …
Universal Design with Patricia Moore
Design legend and Universal Design pioneer, Patricia Moore will share stories of her renown work. Patricia (Pattie) Moore is a pioneering female designer, gerontologist (social scientist …
Trauma Informed Design Research
Decolonising Design in Practice
As practitioners who want to contribute to ethical, inclusive, equitable change, enabling futures that are non-oppressive, non anti-black, and trans-inclusive, it is critical that we …
Participation & Collective Dreaming
Join us for this special event where we will talk about participation and collective dreaming. Our speakers will share some creative participatory practices from their …
Lets talk about Design Justice
What is the relationship between design, power, and social justice? “Design justice is a framework for analysis of how design distributes benefits and burdens between …
3 Horizons Meets 2 Loops
Join the journey… Social Design Sydney and the Systems Change Salon are committed to building social and systems change understanding and capacity. This year, the System Change Salon and Social Design Sydney have been experimenting …
Codesign and Power
Social innovation is inescapably intertwined with power, yet the important topic of power and how it operates in relationships between people is often overlooked.
Systems Change Doing : Transitioning to Better Futures
Come join us to hear about the practices of three forward thinking Australian practitioners working to create systems change. Learn about their transdisciplinary practices that sit at the edges of Design, Systems Thinking, Futures Thinking, and Circular Economy.
Co-Design for Change Makers
Expand your capacity to make positive social change and spend time with like-minded change makers!
You will learn about some innovative participatory tools, frameworks and mindsets to design impactful interventions AND mobilise change.
How might we … support systemic social change?
Dr. Andrea Siodmok and Sanjan Sabherwal from the UK Policy Lab connected with the local design and change community to share their work using Data, Design and Innovation approaches and together consider this very important question with our community.
Following this presentation we heard from some diverse Sydney experts …
Designing with Community
How might Design practices function as inclusive strategies to support Community participation in design and development of community focussed initiatives?
Too often, people with little understanding of their contexts make decisions that affect people and communities. Three speakers will present projects where inclusive strategies have been used to support Community participation in design and development of place-based initiatives that affect them.
Designing our future: A conversation about the Anthropocene, Transition design and Sustainability
8th May, 2017
Humans are the first single species to have seriously disrupted the biosphere’s critical life support systems and are now the dominant force for Earth system change. How might we design a more sustainable future? Speakers include Cameron Tonkinwise (UNSW), Suzanne Benn (UTS), Oliver Dykes (Meld) and Abby Mellick Lopes (UWS).
Systems Change with Systemic Design
25th September, 2018
Systemic design is a recent initiative that combines systems thinking with human centred design to create wholistic solutions to complex problems. Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer (UTS) and Tim Tomson (Axilo) discuss international and local design practices.
Designing with: Participatory approaches to build resilience
18th May, 2018
Our panel share their different approaches to designing for and with community. Yoko Akama (RMIT) discusses her ‘readiness’ approach to participatory design, and Dee Brooks (Jeder Institute) presents Asset Based Community Development (ABCD).
Designing with: People powered social change
Vivid – 4th June 2018
Learn about ‘Designing with’ people in very different scenarios, with case studies and research for participatory projects ranging from community to global initiatives. Jax Wechsler (Sticky Design), Mathan Ratinam (World Bank) and Kerry Graham (Collaboration for Impact) present.
Is Co-design the Silver Bullet?
Sydney Design Festival – 5th March, 2018
There’s a lot of talk about co-design in all sectors these days. But does co-design always lead to action? Jax Wechsler (Sticky Design), Emma Blomkamp (University of Melbourne), David Lilley (Holos Consulting) and Chris Vanstone (TACSI) present successes and failures.
6th December, 2017
Transition Design is an emerging field of design research, practice and study, which looks toward design-led societal transition toward more sustainable futures. Professor Terry Irwin (Carnegie Melon University), Kees Dorst (UTS) and Sasha Abram (Westpac Bank) present.
Designing with Vulnerable People : Case study
23 October, 2017
An in depth view of a specific social design program; hear from the designers involved, the government client and the team responsible for evaluation/social impact assessment. Michelle Miller, Dr Tobias Andreasson and Aunty Vicky Charles (TACSI) and Anna Powell (Clear Horizon) present Designing with Aboriginal jobseekers.
Designing Systems Change
3 July, 2017
How might we (re-) build systems across sectors with people that help rather hinder them to move forward? Kerry Graham (Collaboration for Impact), Clare McKendrick (Consultant) and Melissa Edwards (UTS) discuss research and experiences with community, health outcomes and the circular economy.
Dr. Andrea Siodmok: Head of the UK Policy Lab
6th March, 2017
The UK Policy Lab is a creative and experimental space, designed to help the government get better at policy-making; open it up, make it quicker, more digital and more connected with the people who are affected by it. Panel discussion with Leisa Reichelt (Digital Transformation Agency) and Mieke ven der Bijl-Brouwer (UTS).
Designing with Community: A Conversation about Social Labs
7th Feb, 2017
A growing number of people are focusing their heads, hearts, and hands on addressing complex social challenges through Social Labs. Three leaders in the this approach space talk about their experiences designing with communities; David Lilley (United Way Australia), Sam Rye (Roller Strategies) and Assoc Prof Amanda Third (UWS).
Designing with Young People
20 September, 2016
Three quite different projects using participatory approaches are presented; Participatory documentary with young people, Phillip Crawford, film-maker (Beyond Empathy); Designing with Young People in Practice, Natalie Rowland (social and design researcher) and Shaping participation in the Safe & Well online program, Teresa Swist and Philippa Collin (UWS)
Designing for Wellbeing 2
27 July, 2015
Daniel Mohr (InWithForward) discusses the Fifth Space Project and building design capability amongst non-designers. Jax Wecshler (Sticky Design Studio) presents a recent project completed for NSW Family and Community Services.
Designing for Well Being
23 July, 2014
A conversation, and global case studies discussing designing for wellbeing. Dominic Campbell (FutureGov), Danielle Madsen (TACSI) and Susan Wolfe (OE Strategy) present and discuss their projects: Patchwork, Casserole, Enabled by Design and Family by Family.
Susan Wolfe, who has been on the scene in Australia since 1995 (and now is also Principal of OE Strategy in San Francisco), has many years experience using design approaches for wicked problem solving.
Designing with people : Understanding people’s worlds
22 March, 2016
Conversation and case studies about design research in complex social contexts, and the moral and ethical responsibilities of social designers.
Speakers include John Murphy and Kate Goodwin (NSW Dept of Justice), Charmaine Jones (consultant anthropologist) and Denise Belling (Design consultant).
Designing Citizen-centric Policy & Services
3 June, 2014
Australian case studies discussing citizen involvement in the design of public policy and services at the state, local and federal government levels. Speakers include: Jane Treadwell (Jane Treadwell Consulting) – DesignGov; Selena Griffith (COFA, Social Innovation Sydney) – Pittwater Council; Rodger Watson, (UTS) – Designing Out Crime.
Designing With Older People
The rapidly growing ageing population presents real opportunities for design led innovation. Four designers present their experiences: Dr Catherine Bridge (UNSW) – co-design and the built environment, Lauren Tann (designer and author) – the Alzheimer 100 project; Jean Paul Bell (Arts Health Institute) – Play Up; Dr Bert Bongers (UTS) – interactive solutions for rehabilitation.