Power Literacy Field Guide

Door: Maya


“How might we make design processes more socially just, decolonial and democratic?

Moving into the social and public sector, design is becoming increasingly complex and participatory. This is reflected in the greater diversity and interrelatedness of stakeholders and the wicked problems being addressed. However, although many designers have the intention to make design more participatory and equitable, they commonly lack an in-depth understanding of power, privilege, and the social structures (norms, roles, rules, assumptions, and beliefs) that uphold structural inequality. As a result, they often include harm and inequities in their work.”

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“The Power Literacy framework and field guide was developed to support designers in building self-awareness of, sensitivity to, and understanding of the impact of power and systemic oppression in their design practice. Grounded in reflexivity, it helps designers build a holistic and shared understanding of power within their work, while pushing them to examine the role they play in reproducing inequity. As a result, they can use design as a tool to shift power by challenging inequities and the oppressive social structures that hold these in place.”