Mar 6th 2019

Antionette Carroll and other design practitioners seek to introduce new methods into the design thinking process that foster equity, inclusion, and collaboration. With activists, community members, entrepreneurs, designers, policymakers, corporations, and nonprofits increasingly interested in designing for equity, Antionette will discuss how new methods, interventions, and disruptions can help expand our understanding of equity and inclusion and ultimately increase the range of solutions that meaningfully impact diverse users. Noting that the most desirable solutions continue to work post-intervention, Antionette focuses on creating positive change that systemically brings us toward a more just and equitable society.

We need the expertise and knowledge of those closest to complex societal challenges in order to solve those challenges. In this panel discussion, we’re inviting a range of design professionals and industry partners to discuss how they reflectively engage with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their design and professional practices. Panelists will describe how they develop participatory processes and assess the impact of the solutions they create.

About Antoinette Carroll
Antionette Carroll is the founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth leadership to challenge racial inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Her new form of creative problem solving, Equity-Centered Community Design, was named a 2018 Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist in General Excellence and Urban Design. A former Ferguson resident and graphic designer, Antionette became a social entrepreneur, design thinking facilitator, community organizer, and social impact design advocate after the death of Michael Brown, Jr. She served as the Founding Chair of AIGA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in 2014, and is currently Chair Emerita, working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and AIGA’s national Inclusivity in Design Summit. Antionette is the co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference and Fellowship. An international speaker and facilitator, she has been a 2018 Echoing Green Global Fellow, TED Fellow, and Camelback Ventures Fellow.

About the Latham Lecture Series
Richard Latham (1920–1991) was an influential figure in strategic design who studied design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the early 1940s. Latham believed that the principles of design should be the core of business planning. Committed to this philosophy, he worked only with those who had a deep respect for users—and who understood that sustaining their organizations depended upon this respect. Today, Latham Fellows connect to Latham’s philosophy and are selected because of their ability to challenge the boundaries of design and transfer knowledge about design planning and its value. Fellows give a lecture hosted by ID and share their emerging ideas with the ID community and the wider public by publishing freely available digital content in the form of a paper, article, or other presentation that acknowledges their fellowship.

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