What to expect
Can you design belonging? Susie Wise says yes. And no.
Belonging is a feeling. Everyone experiences it differently. What you can design are all kinds of things that help the feeling to emerge: spaces that nurture us, rituals that bring us together, roles that develop authentic responsibility and systems that are respectful.
Susie will share from her new book Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities. With concrete frameworks to feel it, see it, shape it, she offers accessible ways for community members to use design mindsets to build belonging and reduce othering.
Dr. Susie Wise is an educator and a designer. Susie practices co-design across sectors as part of the Design for Emergence collective and is the Director of Strategy for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. She is a Co-Creator of Liberatory Design and her new book is Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities (2022).
She founded and led the K12 Lab at the d.school at Stanford University. Susie has a PhD in the Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford as well. She lives in Oakland, California, USA with her family and their talented dog Hijiki.