Living in and through transitional times calls for self-reflection and new ways of ‘being’ in the world. Fundamental change is often the result of a shift in mindset or worldview that in turn leads to new modes of interaction with others. Individual and collective mindsets represent the beliefs, values, assumptions and expectations formed by our individual experiences, cultural norms, religious and spiritual beliefs and the socio-economic and political paradigms to which we subscribe. Designers’ mindsets and postures often go unnoticed and unacknowledged but they profoundly influence what is identified as a problem and how it is framed and solved within a given context. Transition Design asks designers to examine their own value system and the role it plays in the design process. It also argues that sustainable solutions are best conceived within a more holistic worldview that informs more collaborative postures for interaction. Transition Design examines the phenomenon of worldview, posture and mindset and its connection to wicked problems and proposes that shifting values and postures can be part of an intentional process of self-reflection and change.
This lecture will provide an overview of the Mindset and Posture section of the class and touch on topics related to: the contrast between mechanistic/reductionist and holistic/ecological worldviews, what it means to take up radically collaborative postures and the importance of thinking in long horizons of time.
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