#123 :: Would, Should, Could: Visions of a Class of Ethical Designers

Apr 24, 2018 · Sentrum, Norway

Talk by Cameron Tonkinwise, with a musical introduction by Maren Selvaag.

Ethics involves acting on behalf of what should be done to oppose what otherwise would happen.

(Interaction) Designers find themselves at crucial pinch-points for determining what people experiencing their designs find possible and desirable, and so likely do.

This talk argues that for (Interaction) Designers to exercise their powers ethically, they need be more political, working as a class toward visions of how our societies could be.

But to do this requires going against a few of the key pleasures of being a designer, especially in Lean/Agile environments. The result is a maximalist version of design ethics, rather than a minimalist, ‘do not harm,’ version.


18:00 Doors open
Come early, mingle, grab a drink at Gullbaren, find a seat

18:30 The meetup begins (please don't arrive late)

18:40 Cameron's talk begins

19:20 Q&A

19:40 Mingling

22:00 Doors close


Cameron Tonkinwise is the Professor of Interdisciplinary Design, University of Technology Sydney. He has recently returned to Australia after a decade in North America holding the positions of Director Doctoral Studies at School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University and Associate Dean Sustainability at the Parsons The New School for Design.

Cameron has a background in continental philosophy of technology, but the focus of Cameron’s current research and teaching is sustainable design and service design.

With colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, he has been developing Transition Design, a collection of techniques for design-enabled multi-stage change toward more sustainable futures.
More info: http://transitiondesignseminarcmu.net

Cameron is currently researching the role of Sharing Economies, especially worker-owned ‘Platform Cooperatives,’ in Sustainability Transitions.



Still curious? Check out Cameron's "Design the Future" talk from last year

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