Workshop (*With Breakout Rooms)

Equity by Design: Dismantling Power Constructs for Inclusive Co-Creation

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How might we design more equitable communities and systems through the lens of personal and organizational humility-building rather than relying on empathy alone? How have our perspectives been shaped by the various environments and influences with which we’ve interacted throughout our lives? What are the roles of power and vulnerability in design?

Without a disciplined practice of centering community and embedding equity, design thinking can risk perpetuating systemic oppression through human behaviors that further stunt social innovation. Creative Reaction Lab has pioneered Equity-Centered Community Design (ECCD), a new social innovation design process that equips changemakers (both current and future) to become creative problem-solvers who center their work around equity and community.

In this interactive introductory workshop, participants will learn about award-winning Equity-Centered Community Design strategies to examine how their own identities, power, and perspectives shape design and decision-making; explore opportunities to engage humility and shift power in real-life scenarios; and begin to develop the personal foundation for becoming a new type of civic leader: a Redesigner for Justice. Participants will also explore the reality that oppressive, discriminatory, and inequitable systems are by design; therefore they can and must be redesigned.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to: 

  • Examine how power, assumptions, biases, and unseen areas shape interventions and “solution” development when addressing systemic inequities, and discuss how to apply tools and practices within ECCD to challenge these views.
  • Learn basic components of ECCD process and how they are used to build peace, co-create equity, and transform violence to liberation.  
  • Examine the roles that diversity, inclusion, equity, peace, liberation, and power-dynamics play in developing interventions and solutions when addressing systemic social ills.

Confirmed Panelists

Hilary Sedovic, LMSW is a social work professional specialized in planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs that promote equitable community outcomes through systems change. She earned a graduate degree focused on management and social entrepreneurship from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. As Learning and Education Manager at Creative Reaction Lab, she designs and facilitates workshops supporting institutions that are seeking to better understand and improve their relationship to equity, develops curricula and other tools for the Equity-Centered Community Design process, and manages ongoing evaluation strategy and implementation.

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth leadership to challenge racial and health inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new, award-winning form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (named a Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist in General Excellence and Urban Design). Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These experiences led to her current work as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist.

Antionette has received several recognitions and awards including being named a 2018 Echoing Green Global Fellow, TED Fellow, Essence Magazine’s Woke 100, Next City Vanguard, Camelback Ventures Fellow, 2019 ADCOLOR Innovator Award recipient, and most recently was invited to be part of the inaugural class of the Anti-Defamation League and the Aspen Institute’s Civil Society Fellowship.

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