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Design for Peace & Reconciliation

Friday, September 13 | 12:00 — 1:00
Lincoln Park Room

Please join us for a storytelling and sharing session about our learnings from the International Design Development Summit’s Taller de Diseño e Innovación Communitaria (TaDIC).

Please bring your lunch. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served.

Presented by Milena Radzikowska and Jillian Mah

Colombia, a country on the North-Western corner of South America, has been facing certain critical challenges—after a 50-year civil war, many Colombians are left suffering the effects of living in a post-conflict zone and the consequences of the displacement of over 3 million persons, and the death of 220,000, with 4 out of the 5 deaths non-combatant civilians. Various stakeholders, including members of the demobilized FARC, local farmers and ranchers, and indigenous groups, as well as participants from elsewhere in the country, are hoping to use design methods to imagine a better future for themselves, their communities, and their country. Dr. Roberts-Smith, Dr. Ruecker, and Dr. Radzikowska have been invited as partners to iteratively co-design a curriculum for the Design and Community Innovation Workshop (TaDIC)  that is more appropriate for activities that lead to various forms of restorative justice.

From July 27 until 12 August, 2019 we were on site in Tumaco, Colombia, collaborating with local participants to achieve shared outcomes through the design and execution of prototypes. Our goal was to help co-create a design space where physical, mental, and emotional proximity serves as a metaphor for the larger process of reconciliation—a shared artifact becoming a tangible reminder that cooperation can result in mutual benefit.