Sasha Costanza-Chock (she/they/ella/elle) is a researcher and designer who works to support community-led processes that build shared power, dismantle the matrix of domination, and advance ecological survival.
They are a nonbinary trans* femme. Sasha Costanza-Chock is known for their work on networked social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha is presently the Head of Research & Sensemaking at OneProject.org and a tenured Associate Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media, & Design.
Sasha Costanza-Chock is also a Faculty Associate with the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a member of the Steering Committee of the Design Justice Network. They are the author of two books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other research publications. Sasha’s most recent book, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, was published by the MIT Press and is available Open Access at https://design-justice.pubpub.org.
Community-led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need. In this talk, Dr. Costanza-Chock presents an overview of their new book, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, published by the MIT Press in 2020. The book is an exploration of how we might re-imagine design to be led by marginalized communities as a tool to help dismantle structural inequality, advance collective liberation, and support ecological survival.
Throughout history, human beings have used a wide variety of divination procedures (such as Tarot decks) as technologies to understand the present and reshape the future. In this workshop, a set of divination cards composing an oracle will guide us towards an experience of envisioning transfeminist AIs and other technologies. The wisdom of the oracle, embedded with transfeminist values, will help us foresee a better future where tech is co-designed with people who are too often excluded from or targeted by technology in today’s world. Participants will learn about what an intersectional transfeminist lens can bring to the discussion about AI; engage in a speculative design exercise; generate ideas for new technologies; and discuss how to partner with community based organizations to design new technologies.
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