Sasha Costanza-Chock on “Design Justice”


May 13, 2020
1:00pm Eastern

“Design justice is about how we build a better world, a world where many worlds fit; linked worlds of collective liberation and ecological sustainability,” says Sasha Costanza-Chock, author of the new book, “Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need.”

In “Design Justice,” professor, designer and media-maker Sasha Costanza-Chock explores how “design might be led by marginalized communities to dismantle structural inequality, and advance collective liberation and ecological survival.” (Read the first two chapters of Design Justice here, and an excerpt from Chapter 3 here.) 

In a segment of their book, Costanza-Chock explores an example of how design justice can address the needs of a marginalized group. The Center for Migrant Rights developed a Yelp-like website called, where migrant workers can review potential employers and recruitment agencies. The site also shares information on migrant worker rights and how to avoid recruitment scams. This site was developed through participatory design and included individuals who intended to use the site. 

Join us on Wednesday, May 13, at 1 p.m. Eastern time to learn from Costanza-Chock about design justice and the importance of participatory design. 

Sasha Costanza-Chock is associate professor of civic media at MIT. They are a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, faculty affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio. Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing and design justice. Costanza-Chock’s first book, “Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement” was published by the MIT Press in 2014. Costanza-Chock is a board member of Allied Media Projects and a Steering Committee member of the Design Justice Network.

This webinar is pay what you wish to register. Pay any amount that you would like or nothing at all. Those who become sustaining members of at least $10 a month, or who make a one-time donation of at least $60, may receive a copy of “Black In Place,” the new book by Brandi Thompson Summers. Your contribution toward this seminar will be used to find even more amazing guests, cover hosting fees and organize seminars like this one more frequently. A video of the webinar will be made available to those who register.

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