Maille Faughnan

Maille Faughnan
Tulane University | TU · Social Innovation and Design Thinking


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Maille Faughnan currently works at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, Tulane University. Maille does research in Cultural Anthropology, Sociological Theory and Qualitative Social Research. Their most recent publication is 'Human-centred design in global health: A scoping review of applications and contexts'.


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Health and wellbeing are determined by a number of complex, interrelated factors. The application of design thinking to questions around health may prove valuable and complement existing approaches. A number of public health projects utilizing human centered design (HCD), or design thinking, have recently emerged, but no synthesis of the literature...


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The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (Taylor) at Tulane University together with the The Pluriversal Design Special Interest Group of the Design Research Society (DRS) invite you to join us in jointly reimagining a world of many centers. We are co-hosting a virtual un-conference and writing on June 4, 2020 to encourage conversations around shifting centers, methods, epistemologies and ontologies. We invite you to pivot the discussion of decolonization from an academic critical perspective to a creative and generative one: What does a world in which many worlds fit look like? What is needed to create this reality? Who is needed to create this? How does it operate? Western Europe and, subsequently, North America have been viewed as the main focus of what is good, innovative and desirable —namely The Center. The rest of the world and its countless cultures, worldviews, ways of knowing and ways of designing have been peripheral to the main narrative of the world. As the movement to decolonize design gains strength, more diverse voices have been featured on the stages of the Center—including, for example, Indigenous voices, more people of color, and more people from countries from the Global South (not just predominantly white men from the Global North). In short, the Center is slowly starting to include people who have been excluded from the main narrative of design. We believe, however, that the purpose of a radical design practice is not to fix the Center, but to help to create a world with multiple centers — in which many realities can co-exist. To refer to this world, we adopt the concept of the Pluriverse, proposed by Arturo Escobar (2017), inspired by a Zapatista dictum, that refers to a “world where many worlds fit”. The Pluriverse does not only refer to the immense diversity of worlds—of diverse ontologies and epistemologies— available on our planet; but also to the fact that these multiple worlds have been shaped and harnessed, oppressed and suppressed by the scientific, technological, and hegemonic forces of Colonialism and Modernity. In design literature, we see two different notions of the term design: design as problem-solving and design as world-creating. In the relationship between the Center and its so-called periphery, the first notion tends to be the most noticeable, emphasizing design to address societal challenges. Yet design, in its essence, is not only about making things “less bad”, but about making something new. Design can be defined as the ability to imagine what does not yet exist and to bring it into tangible reality (Nelson & Stolterman 2012). Conference Aims The aims of the conference are to: Nurture, cultivate and connect changemakers through the Pluriversal Design community Build and support a network of collaborators and allies with shared values Connect across disciplines in the work of decentering mainstream practices Share knowledge about how to decenter design practices Create space for scholars who are often invisible: to offer support, greater visibility and recognition Create conversations that are meaningful and generative Decolonize /deconstruct the conventional academic conference model