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Seeing the ‘Craft for Empowerment System’ in Pakistan

Kulick, Gwendolyn (2020) Seeing the ‘Craft for Empowerment System’ in Pakistan. In: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium., 9-17 Oct 2020, Ahmedabad, India.

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Abstract

At RSD9 I will present a systems approach into craft projects in contexts of grassroots empowerment in Pakistan, resulting from my – still unpublished – PhD design research conducted between 2011 and 2019.

First I briefly outline the empirical research, that investigates initiatives that link craft-making to financial, human and cultural empowerment of marginalised craft producers. Then I introduce the ‘craft for empowerment system’ that I defined and termed after extracting it from the empirical data, visualising it, and characterising it as large, locked-in and dissatisfying for many stakeholders, especially craft producers. Finally, I introduce the concept of the ‘co-release craft lab’, as a collaborative space for those engaging in craft projects, with the objective to contribute to democratic and inclusive systems change and more sustainable value chains through open-ended mutual learning opportunities.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 19:22
Last Modified: 09 May 2022 19:30
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3682

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