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Q&A Panel with Cameron Tonkinwise tonight at RMIT

From: Darren S.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:18 PM

Hi everyone!

Thanks for the great turnout to last night's Open Government Melbourne event. Stay tuned for the video over the next week or so. More events planned for later this year.

Please note that Yoko Akama from the Service Design Network is hosting a Q&A panel tonight featuring Cameron Tonkinwise as a special guest speaker. Details below...

Dr Cameron Tonkinwise: Currently at Parsons New School of Design, but starting at Carnegie Mellon University (from Aug 2012)

Mel Edwards and Justin BarrieDesign Managers Australia

Kate ArchdeaconVictorian Eco-Innovation Lab

David Hood: Doing Something Good


The panel discussion will begin at 6.30pm, but we're starting the informal drinks and networking at 6pm. So please come early, have a chat and a drink, meet new people or say hello to friends before we kick off!

DESIS-lab Melbourne, RMIT University Building 9, Bowen St, Level 2.

If you're unable to come to this event, please join us for a casual drink after the event at Hotel Lincoln from 8pm onwards!

Questions that have been submitted (please keep them coming!)

  • "In this era of social networking, it can be argued that society and community has become a market. For instance, social networking sites rely on users disclosing personal information that can be sold to advertisers. How can the ethical designer create online projects that are successful but don't exploit users? One way is for designers to acknowledge in whose interests they work."
  • "How do we design with people where differences and diversity can be productive, rather than be seen as an obstacle? How do we then demonstrate 'equity' and participation?"
  • "What in the education or experience of the designer supports designers to understand the ethics/responsibilites of working with diverse stakeholder groups on projects that seek to effect change?"
  • "It is possible that the zeal of designers to enter the social innovation space could see them imposing their wish for involvement on society where there is no specific interest from a community? "
  • "There is also the issue of social innovation projects that are more social entrepreneurship and where the project initiator seeks to simultaneously effect change and set up a business. What are the ethics of involving others as volunteers in such activities? "
  • "When trust for government is breaking down, what is the role of community-led organisations, social media network clusters - how are they practicing participation? Who does the designer advocate on behalf of, and how do they practice voicing and practicing through their designing?"
  • "What promises do we make as designers when we design in this space?"
  • "What kinds of designers does this area attract? What had motivated you and what keeps you going?"

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