Tania Anaissie, David Clifford, and Victor Cary on Liberatory Design

Key Points

  • Everybody is a designer. The question is what kind of designer are you? Liberatory design offers a how and the mindsets and heartsets.

  • You can teach liberatory design and include the core tenants in experiences for young people. 

  • Design thinking, while effective, moves at a pace that privileges dominant cultures.

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On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Rebecca Midles is joined by a superstar lineup of design thought leaders to discuss liberatory design

Victor Cary, Senior Director at the National Equity Project (formerly known as the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools) has worked in education for over 40 years, starting as a high school teacher in Richmond, CA. 

David Clifford is the co-creator of Liberatory Design. He also founded DSX, an educational non-profit that invites creative courage in all of us to design for equity. 

Tania Anaissie is also a co-creator of Liberatory Design. She is the founder of Beytna Design. She is also Faculty at The National Equity Project.

Oppression thrives on risk averse behavior. Schools and our school systems must embrace Creative Courage. The only way you can learn is by doing the only way to really start designing towards equity and liberation.

David Clifford

How can we understand our policies, our culture, our decisions — that’s a design project in itself. You could apply liberatory design and say okay, let’s redesign some internal stuff. There’s some healing that needs to happen.

Tania Anaissie


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