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Designing for Liberation in Solidarity Economy Circuits

Solidarity economy is an approach for developing fair community exchanges and human development within capitalist societies, working as a semi-detached alternative economic circuit based on the principles of self-management. This talk summarizes the experience of the speaker in designing a self-management platform for solidarity economy circuits in Brazil, guided by the Latin-American ideal of liberation from oppression.

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Designing for Liberation in Solidarity Economy Circuits

  1. 1. Designing for Liberation in Solidarity Economy Circuits Frederick van Amstel @fredvanamstel Service Design and Experience Design DADIN - UTFPR www.fredvanamstel.com
  2. 2. The Egg Chair designed for the Radisson SAS Hotel (Arne Jacobsen, 1959) and for Bolsonaro's presidential office.
  3. 3. The Egg Chair designed for the Radisson SAS Hotel (Arne Jacobsen, 1959) and for Bolsonaro's presidential office. Historically privileged social groups Historically underprivileged social groups Aesthetic interactions
  4. 4. Historically privileged social groups Historically underprivileged social groups Design practice that reproduces oppression and ignores liberation Design epistemologies of the North Design methodologies of the North Design practice that fights oppression and seeks liberation Design epistemologies of the South Design methodologies of the South Decolonization Hybridization Aesthetic interactions Designing for Liberation Research Program 2010-actual
  5. 5. The Designing for Liberation research program started in Faber- Ludens Institute for Interaction Design around 2010, when we decided to open the black box of design to the general public.
  6. 6. Faber-Ludens published a manifesto book in 2012 inspired by Digital Culture, Participatory Design, and Free Software.
  7. 7. We could not do Design Livre with Google apps, so we developed our own collaborative platform.
  8. 8. Corais Platform, a digital infrastructure for collaborative projects of any kind, built with free software (2011-actual).
  9. 9. Social movements, indigenous communities, and popular educators took over Corais, developing more than 700 projects.
  10. 10. Collaborative projects typically aim at creating or maintaining a local and comunal resource or service.
  11. 11. In 2012, a group of cultural producers collaborated to develop a social currency feature for self-management.
  12. 12. A member adds a task, another executes it, a third oversees execution, and a fourth orders the payment.
  13. 13. The currency value is backed by the collective productive capacity in a given period.
  14. 14. The collective productive capacity is calculated from converging knowledge networks.
  15. 15. In solidarity economy, sharing is caring. If one knows something, everybody can know that thing.
  16. 16. Key learning points •Solidarity is not a natural feeling •Cultivating solidarity within an capitalist economy requires relentless resistance and critical consciousness of reality •Local symbols and rituals are very important •Designers should not join as outside experts. Instead become part of the economy and design with solidarity economy, not for it
  17. 17. Recent work: participatory design of a self-management book based on popular education principles (Hulyk, 2020).
  18. 18. Future: searching for a decolonized Aesthetics of the Oppressed for Solidarity Economy (Angelon & Van Amstel, in press).
  19. 19. Thank you! Frederick van Amstel @fredvanamstel Service Design and Experience Design DADIN - UTFPR www.fredvanamstel.com

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