We Can't Empathize Our Way Out of Privilege

Ariba Jahan

Thank you so much for joining during my talk. Huge thanks to the conference organizers and volunteers for creating such a magical experience happen!

There are so many incredible people and organizations doing work around designing for justice, ethical research, inclusive design and equitable design. If you’d like to learn more about the topics I covered today, here are some resources to get you started (not an exhaustive list). If you have resource (article, book, org, podcast, etc) you think I should check out, do share, I'd love to learn along with you.

This list has talks, books and articles. If you're buying books, please consider buying from a local Black owned bookstore, here's a list for the US and UK .

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Redesigning systems for a more equitable world

Justice by Design by Antoinette Carroll (TEDx talk) and her organization Creative Reaction Lab

Understanding Identity, Power, & Equity in Design Leadership by Antoinette Carroll (99U talk)

Design Justice by Sasha Costanza-Chock and Sasha’s Design Justice Talk

Design Justice Network

A Civic Technologist's Practice Guide by Cyd Harrell

Design for Safety by Eva PenzeyMoog

Understanding the impact of the technology we create

Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble and her TEDx Talk

Automating Inequality by Virginia Eubanks (talk)

Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro

Inclusive Design

Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design by Kat Holmes , her resourceful site and her 99U talk

Design Meets Disability by Graham Pullin

Inclusive Design for a Digital World: Designing with Accessibility in Mind by Regine Gilbert

Design For Cognitive Bias by David Dylan Thomas

Redesigning & challenging our practice

Lessening the Research Burden on Vulnerable Communities by Sarah Fathallah

Empathy reifies Disability Stigma by Liz Jackson

Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Qualitative Research at Code For America

The most popular design thinking strategy is BS by Tricia Wang

Cross Cultural Design by Senongo Akpem

Design For Real Life by Eric Meyer & Sara Wachter-Boettcher

If you're also exploring how we can build a more equitable and accessible future, let's chat. Thank you so much! It was great connecting with you.

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