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SXSW 2019

Rethinking Equity and Justice with Design Thinking

Most conversations we have about diversity, social justice, and inclusion work surround adoption of best practices and replication of strategies that have worked elsewhere. But little is discussed at the outset about how these strategies fit our populations, and what adaptations will be needed for our game plans to feel "at home" at our institutions.

Using the frequently embraced design thinking model and a creativity framework developed by the presenter, participants will have a greater understanding of what institutional knowledge, creative thinking, and a commitment to exploration can do to promote justice and equity in companies and organizations- and will get to test these strategies out with real issues within their organization.

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  1. Attendees will learn the difference between diversity and inclusion, and equity and justice- and why these distinctions matter at work.
  2. Attendees will learn the importance of addressing inequities and injustices not only for staffing, but for employee retention and advancement.
  3. Attendees will learn to apply design thinking as a model to start and sustain conversations on organizational change that favors equity and justice.



Amma Marfo, Speaker and Facilitator, SPEAK Educators (a division of FUN Enterprises)

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Future Workplace
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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