By Design or By Disaster

March 3, 2017


In a few days we’ll be contributing with a talk and a workshop to the upcoming By Design or By Disaster conference, at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen. Very glad to see that our interest for the economies of eco-social design resonates.

Here are the slides of our presentation:

Exploring Territories – talk & workshop

August 25, 2016

We’re delighted to contribute to Exploring Territories, the Graphic Design Educators’ Network second annual conference, which will explore the physical, intellectual and existential terrain of design learning and teaching.

9 September 2016
Cardiff School of Art and Design – B Block, Cardiff Metropolitan University Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB

Post-doc survival

June 6, 2016

A workshop at the PhD by Design event at the Design Research Society conference in Brighton on June 27, 2016 – in collaboration with Joanna Boehnert (University of Westminster).

Download the outcomes of the workshop.

With the academic and industry-based research environment firmly embedded in neoliberal politics, precarious working environments area a problem even for those who manage to complete a doctorate. In many countries, early career academics face harsh prospects with low wage, insecure sessional teaching work and precarious fractional contracts.
Post-docs are vulnerable in times of extreme cost cutting measures by universities. We can work hard and hope to get that elusive permanent position that pays a living wage – but many of us feel like we can’t afford to risk the precarious work that we might have by campaigning for better conditions.

In this workshop we discuss working conditions for designers and design researchers. We will start with a panel that will discuss post-doc working conditions. This panel will catalyse a collective conversation on survival as an early career design researchers. What comes after the PhD? How does this differ across countries and shape this reality
collectively? Opening up discussions about what kind of environment this creates is timely, especially as ever more designers opt for research-led trajectories. What do we want and need to do our jobs well and have economically sustainable and emotionally satisfying lives? What kind of practices, skills and collective actions can help us in creating this environment?

With contributions by Cameron Tonkinwise (Carnegie Mellon University) and Dan Lockton (Royal College of Art).

Making academic careers together. Recruitment, precariousness and gender

May 15, 2016


On the 24th May, we’ll coordinate the workshop “Making academic careers together. Recruitment, precariousness and gender”, which takes place in the context of the research project “Garcia” and COOP 2016 – XII International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, hosted by the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Trento.

The one-day workshop explores the precarisation of work in academia and its intersections with the gender dimensions, a growing phenomenon in the last decade, with significant consequences in terms of intellectual development, continuity of streams of thinking and researchers’ well-being.

Back to running workshops

May 4, 2016

After 8 months of our monthly reading group and some time off for parental leave, we are back to running workshops :)

Shaping design practices for the anthropocene

December 2, 2015

We just added a new tool to the section on Cooperation & Support: Shaping design practices for the anthropocene.

New glossary entry

November 1, 2015

We just posted a new entry to the glossary:
matters of care

Suggestions for your library

October 26, 2015

We’ve just updated the thematic sections with some great suggestions for your library:

From University to Work

Lazzarato, Maurizio. The Making of the Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition. Translated by Joshua David Jordan. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2012.

Lorey, Isabell. “Governmentality and Self-Precarization,” May 4, 2006.

Perlin, Ross. Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy. London/New York: Verso, 2011.

Raunig Gerald, Gene Ray, and Ulf Wuggenig. Critique of Creativity: Precarity, Subjectivity and Resistance in the “Creative Industries.” London: MayFlyBooks, 2011.
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design – economies – designers

October 21, 2015

These are the notes from a talk given at Camberwell College of Art to kick-start The Expanded Designer strand on ‘power’.

Reading group: Take Back The Economy

October 1, 2015

We are starting a reading group around the book Take back the economy – an ethical guide to transforming our communities by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Stephen Healy and Jenny Cameron.

We will use the book to stimulate discussions about our socially and politically engaged design practices and the various economies that accompany them. This means that although it will be important to read the texts, it is even more important to draw on our own knowledge that we gained through practice.

The reading group will take place once a month and last for about 1.5hrs. Physically it will be based in Leeds and Nomi, but we will also always have a skype connection for people in other places to join.

The first session will be on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 at 17:00 (UK time). Please read the introduction for this first session, so we can decide together what direction to take and what makes us most curious.

The book is made up of an intro, 6 chapters and a conclusion, so if we meet once a month, this will keep us going for eight months and hopefully contribute to transform some of our economies!

If you want to join the reading group, please drop us a line: bravenewalps (at) gmail (dot) com.

If you want to follow the discussions on Twitter: #precaritypilot #communityeconomies