resources for designing for a life-centered future: designing responsibly for the individual, community, and planetary
If you have privilege in an area, it's very hard to see what is lacking in that area. I get caught in this all the time. You have to cultivate relationships with people who can see more than you and who can see differently than you, so that together your co-imagination becomes something that actually works for everyone.
Here in Detroit, we've been through this massive gentrification push. But who's talking to the homeless about their ideas for how the city could work better? They’re the ones seeking shelter every winter. I bet they have brilliant ideas about how to meet the needs of divergent populations within a city. This is a big part of disability justice; if you don't have people who use wheelchairs or people who are blind or people who are deaf at the imagination table when you're creating a building or an event, then you will find out later that whatever you made is not actually accessible to the people it was intended to be for.