Crafting New Futures Using “Ideas Arrangements Effects”

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Center for Design & Material Culture
@ 4:00 pm

Monday, April 25 @ 4pm
Online via Zoom | This event has passed

Join Kenneth Bailey co founder of Design Studio for Social Intervention as he shares key concepts behind the Studio’s recent book, Ideas Arrangements Effects: Systems Design and Social Justice. 

The Studio proposes that we can redesign systems if we follow a simple premise: “Ideas are embedded in social arrangements, which in turn produce effects.” They offer arrangements as a rich and overlooked terrain for social justice and world building. Unpacking how ideas like racism and sexism remain sturdy by embedding themselves in everything from physical and social infrastructure to everyday speech and thought habits, their book provides readers with tools to sense, intervene in, and imagine new arrangements.  

In this Interactive talk, Bailey will share a range of examples from their design practice. Join us to learn about their roadmap for using social interventions to invite the public into imagining and creating a more just and vibrant world. 

Kenneth Bailey – Sector Organizing and Strategy Lead, Design Studio for Social Intervention

Bailey is the co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention. His interests focus on the research and development of design tools for marginalized communities to address complex social issues. With over three decades of experience in community practice, Bailey brings a unique perspective on the ethics of design in relation to community engagement, the arts and cultural action. Projects he has produced at ds4si include Action Lab (2012- 2014), Public Kitchen (2011-2018), Social Emergency Response Center (SERC, 2017), People’s Redevelopment Authority (2018) and inPUBLIC (2019). Bailey was recently a Visiting Scholar in collaboration with University of Tasmania and also a founding member of Theatrum Mundi NYC with Richard Sennett. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Bennington College. His new book (co-authored with DS4SI) is entitled “Ideas—Arrangements–Effects: Systems Design and Social Justice” (Minor Compositions, 2020).

This event is part of the Equity & Justice Network Design Series and co-sponsored by the Design Studies Department.

image of several wooden stools in different stages of assembly on the floor with text over top reading "Ideas, Arrangements, Effects"