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Designing with Indigenous Communities

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UTS Building 15

CB15.03.020

622-632 Harris Street

Ultimo, NSW 2007

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Designing with Indigenous communities.

What cultural sensitivities and mindset shifts do we need to employ when working with indigenous communities?Our panel explores what is required to design effectively and respectfully with first nation peoples.

The talks will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

Angie Abdilla is a Trawlwoolway woman and the Founder and CEO of Old Ways, New. The social enterprise develops social and environmental sustainability for the private and public sectors and Indigenous peoples and communities through integrated research, service design, and the development of deep technologies - all informed by Indigenous Traditional Knowledges.

Angie will share lessons learnt from Old Ways, New clients and partnerships and outline a number of current offerings including the Cultural Immersion Intensive, Design for Innovation and the Citizen and Stakeholder Engagement workshops.

Dr Jacqueline Gothe is a visual communication design researcher and is currently the Director of Visual Communication Design at University of Technology Sydney. She is participating in a long-term collaboration as a designer with Firesticks, an Indigenous initiative, that supports the burning practices used by Aboriginal people to enhance the health of land and its people. The collaborative visual communication design practice has been recognised by the International Institute for Information Design. Her design research practice focusses on visual communication strategies for the revitalisation of Indigenous ecological knowledge and cultures of traditional burning practices within contemporary land management. Her academic interest is the reflexive consideration of the hegemony of design as a colonising practice.

The arrival and settlement by European colonisers of Australia has produced an overlay of Western approaches to land management in a landscape that has been and continues to be integral to the wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians for 70,000 years. Since 1788 Indigenous understandings of the landscape have been often erased, appropriated and incorporated with no recognition or respect for sovereignty or cultural knowledge. A very important question for creative practitioners and designers living and working in contemporary Australia is: how can, practitioners and researchers, negotiate the relational complexity required for the wellbeing of country.

In this presentation she will share her emergent understandings informed by transdisciplinary perspectives, relational complexity, theories of decolonisation and a methodological practice of participation and collaboration.

www.firesticks.org.au
https://vimeo.com/240772284
http://www.fusion-journal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2016/11/03-Gothe.pdf

Sasha Abram is a design researcher working in service design and social innovation. She has a masters of design in Sustainability, Strategy and Enterprise from UTS. She is currently completing a Masters (by research), looking at the potential for service design in the delivery of creative services, in a remote indigenous community in the central desert. She runs an annual Kythera Global Studio at UTS and more recently has taught an Introduction to Transition Design at UNSWAD. She also works at Westpac as a design researcher and manages the Reconciliation Action Plan for her design team.

Sasha will question the pertinence of service design on country and discuss some of the insights and outcomes of her research in this space. She will map the assumptions she had about co-design and community, going into the work and the deep learning that has arisen as a result of interrogating these assumptions. Perhaps this may yield some value for other designers working in similar cross-cultural contexts.

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622-632 Harris Street

Ultimo, NSW 2007

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