The first prototype of the Para∆igm project went down in early November, bringing about a new curriculum for media makers and consumers to help increase awareness of bias and grow inclusiveness. There were, as with any prototype, a great deal from which to learn and steps to be taken.Read More
No one said this would be easy...
I spent the afternoon pulling ideas out of my head, trying to put together different pieces I had acquired through conversations and observations. The process expanded and contracted with the force of a human lung during a sprint.
The overall goal of this prototype is to figure out how to get people below the surface of their media consumption and making experience -- to see their habits and the opportunities for empathy and understanding those habits deny them.
The plan, at least for now, is to follow the path that keeps emerging within the overall media design project:
Media shapes belief --> Belief inspires Action --> Action shapes culture --> Culture shapes Media
It's a cycle that goes 'round and 'round -- and it doesn't always go in one direction. Sometimes it goes clockwise. Other times it goes in reverse.
This isn't, of course, a final version of anything other than the final initial peel of raw content out of my head. But it's my process. I am thinking this may be an initial worksheet to give to people to help spark empathy across different barriers. There's a while and a lot more work between what's on this board and the somewhere-close-to-finished experience. Stay tuned.
How might we help people easily ascertain who another person is without bias, stereotypes and traditional shortcuts so they make media that best articulates another person's experience and affords their life the respect and decency it deserves?Read More
We are eagerly looking for media makers with whom we could collaborate to test new prototypes in the form of interactions and tools to improve media addressing race. While race is our constraint for this iteration, we hope that discoveries here will help improve media makers' and consumers' experiences in other topic areas as well.Read More
Often, design thinking is taught with empathy first. But that can prove difficult when your initial problem statement is incredibly broad. In this case, the problem I'm trying to address is this: how might we marry dialogue practice and design thinking to help people better identify potential racial bias and guide them to engage in ways that are more constructive and less harmful to the ongoing national conversation on race?Read More