Mobilizations occurring around just transitions and design for transition contain many potential points of overlap. They are presently remarkably disengaged. This article seeks to rectify this situation by offering some preliminary notes on how convergences between these currents might facilitate modes of anti- racist, feminist and ecosocialist design futuring that can get us to think beyond degrowth/Left ecomodern binaries and toward a design politics that can support a Green New Deal. I proceed by mapping the evolution of labor- focused just transition discussions and indicate how feminist, climate justice and decolonial contributions have expanded and complicated understandings of the labors of transition. I then go on to suggest how such currents could productively engage further with the emerging field of design for transition. Design is not to be trusted. However, post-carbon futures are not simply going to emerge through protest and policy shifts alone. Just transitions will have to be imagined and built, fabricated and realized, coded and created. This will involve the channeling of enormous amounts of creative labor and inventive praxis. It will also involve the construction of public spaces and public institutions where new knowledge practices can meet. Bringing radical traditions of design, invention and innovation into dialogue with movements pushing for just transitions could make significant contributions to achieving this end.
"The trouble with inheriting a cosmos where it is possible to cast origami thread into parallel worlds is that linear causalities between events do not exist. Time is uncoupled from notions of logical progression. Storytelling is fractured. Observations are never universals truths, they exist only in the here and now. Reality is mosaic. We therefore rely on the Loom to make its tapestries and produce the kind of circus spectacle that has us guessing time and time again."
The Space Of Alienation
Should be proactive.
Show be low threshold.
Should disable consensus.
Should entertain democratic pluralism.
Should promote agreement to disagree.
Should be neither innocent nor romantic.
Should resist phony solidarity.
Should not report to anyone.
Should promote irritation.
Should resist legitimization.
Should assume responsibility and rigor.
Should understand itself as a self-authorized enabler.
Should be a space of oppositional but non-violent encounter.
Should inhabit the consequences of its production.
Should consume and exhaust.
Should provide and produce.
Should be a space of support.
Should resist normatively.
Should act as an uninvited outsider.
Should welcome the value of failure.
Should be a zone of friction.
Should promote questions rather than answers.
Should entertain instability.
Should instigate a zone of dissensus.
Should engage contingency.
Should foster non-romantic forms of socialization.
Should bastardize rationality.
Should disassociate itself from the specificity of policy.
Should image collaboration beyond presupposed forms of cooperation.
Should question the default modes of institution building.
Should produce alternative timecodes.
Should exist as a decentralized reality.
Should generate new publics.
Should be a discursive panic room.
Should constantly reaffirm the significance of the uninvited other.
- Markus Miessen