The Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the BaSiC Initiative, and Design Corps are co-hosting the first ever Public Interest Design Mexico, an open and free two-day global convening in Mexico City beginning September 11th, 2014. Launched to foster discussions around practicing and designing for social impact, the event will feature projects–awarded earlier this year by the SEED Network–that are addressing a multitude of issues faced by Mexican communities and individuals. The first day will focus on Design that Enables and Empowers Communities, with an examination into the possibilities for engagement and involvement for designers in projects that address the needs of communities. Day two will be structured around a series of workshops and roundtables that will address the issues and themes that emerged from day one.
The Public Interest Design Mexico Convening is an opportunity to foster discussion about the practice of designing for social impact and how best to significantly increase the value of design for the public good. Projects are being created all over Mexico which are addressing the many issues faced by communities and individuals. These projects are taking on the challenging issues of democratic decision making, empowerment and engagement. While inclusive design practices worldwide are beginning to help communities use design to address their most critical issues and define resilient futures as they see fit, as in Mexico, design professionals still remain at the margins of these lively debates and initiatives.
Click here to read more and register to attend PID Mexico for FREE, online at DesignCorps.org/PID-Mexico.