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Social Design Toolbox

The Toolbox for Social Designers
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Civilizations are mortal
— Susan George

Our civilization is facing many simultaneous crises:
crises in ecosystems, meaningful work and lives, global economics, media, and political legitimacy. A common cause is that systems have been designed around affluence and engagement, rather than life meaning. Current systems—despite their successes measured in dollars, clicks, views, or votes—fail to support the values and meanings of their participants.

New local and global systems are needed
to navigate these crises. Systems that work together to support 11 billion people with meaningful lives at zero carbon. New forms of architecture, politics, economics, land ownership, agriculture, etc. A brand new
.

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What is Social Design?

Social design is the process of detecting problems with social systems and redesigning them to support the diversity of participants' values. WIP

What is a Social System?

Social systems
. Systems made of people, where there are codified and mutually understood roles and responsibilities. These designs can range from
dinner table conversation games
to
social networks
and
global governance structures
.


Examples of Social Systems


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Type of Problems in Poor Social Design

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Don’t forget
Polarisation
Institutional Decay
Illegitimacy
Misinformation / Disinformation
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The Tools of a Social Designer

What does a Social System Designer need to know to be effective

Human Systems Design Method & Design Methods


Mechanism Design

COMING SOON

Experience and Usability Design

COMING SOON

Political Theory


Social Imaginaries

Fictions an representation in Sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian thrillers and art help to speak to what cannot be simply said and formalised in words. The design decisions made by social designers can be inspired and constrained by works in these genres and fields.
I-temporal
Sci-Fi
Cyber punk
Solar punk
[Something Future]
Meta-Modern
Modern
Contemporary
[Something Present]
[Something Past]
Steam punk
Romantic
Renaissance
Classical
Renaissance
Romantic
Medieval
Tribal
Ancient

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Foundational Reading


Unsorted Toolboxs


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