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Gleaning Racial Justice Futures: Confronting the past and incorporating plural everydays

Carey, Hillary, Costes, Chris and Bansal, Mihika (2021) Gleaning Racial Justice Futures: Confronting the past and incorporating plural everydays. In: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD10) 2021 Symposium, 2-6 Nov 2021, Delft, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

Visions of the future world we want to create help align people toward change. Such concepts are present within some racial justice advocacy groups. Still, we propose that the work of attaining equity might benefit from more use of future visions as an additional tool toward creating systems change. To understand how visions of possible futures show up in current racial justice work, we analysed the communications of fifteen organizations. We used website content to discern how these organizations describe the worlds they want to build—a technique to gather information without requiring any additional effort on their part. The collect future visions were a small portion of the online material, but they provided rich depictions of systems change. From looking at how organizations described possible futures, we identified themes about future objectives. We found making freedom, health, and safety more accessible for all people to be the most common intention for these futures. This analysis helps us begin to imagine how tools of futures studies might evolve to accommodate justice-oriented world-making. We found that such tools would need to account for the complexity of imagining futures from an inequitable present day: taking account of historic structures and acknowledging the plurality of present-day experiences.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: racial justice, futures, communication, liberatory futures, design justice
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 27 May 2022 20:58
Last Modified: 27 May 2022 21:00
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3856

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