Wetopia Seminar 3: 16.00 – 18.00
Design: time of uncertainty democracy
Design uses various methodologies and tools to deal with uncertainty, to transform the unknown in solutions. But perhaps, before seek for possible solutions, we must reflect that the uncertainty is an extraordinary tool in getting rid of certainties. it is not an academic discussion but it is the starting point for rethinking the functioning of the City and reinventing new forms of democracy and and shared administrations.
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WEDNESDAY PROGRAMME: 23 OCTOBER 2019
- Democracy as a Service design?
Silvia Remotti, PACO Design Collaborative, Milan
- Design thinking, thinking what?
Keneilwe Munyai, Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking (UCT)
- Placemaking methodology for public space: Trafalgar Park
Alan Cameron, Places Plus
- Expertise vs. activism: between description and prescription
Andrea Couvert, activist designer
- Leadership in times of uncertainty
Belisa Rodrigues, activist designer
- Supports active community engagement
Adi Kumar, DAG
About Cape Town as a democratic common
We believe it important to recognize the City as a Commons. The principal function of the City is to be the common house of the people who live there, the place where social life is built, where the varying needs and interests of different people and groups are discussed and compared and where conflicts are managed – a process that is integral to the social life of a city.
The City’s principal function is to assure that all citizens, residents, communities and social groups have a structure where contestation over resources and decision-making between different social groups is done in a common space and in a more inclusive way. We must have a system at municipal level that allows participation to inform decision-making in a way consistent with this constitutional imperative. This is because the service delivery function of the Municipality will be a reflection and consequence of how confrontation over resources and decision-making within the city is conducted. Depending on how these processes are structured, these may lead to greater social cohesion and inclusiveness, or to perpetuation of social injustice and separation with increased frustration.
Citizens participation is a structured participation of people, because only in a context of variously organized citizens through a network of local residents associations, educational organizations, NPO, sportive and faith-based organizations and local business, it is possible to realize social and economical innovation that make possible to increase the citizen participation and the assumption of direct responsibility by the communities. We cannot only exist as individuals but must work within social relationships if we are to ensure inclusive, equitable and positive development. As the principle of Ubuntu makes it clear, we are who we are through our relationships and engagements with others.
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