We associate activism more on the social and political, and typically on a sense of rebellion and hostility. Social and political activists often have more clarity and agreement on what they want to deconstruct than reassemble. They devote little time and effort to establishing the path that will lead them to their desired results. We saw their actions as disruptive in rallying their discontent. It often falls short of establishing and fostering constructive and long-term alternatives. Design activism ponders design thinking. That is quite different from social and political variance since it encourages creative solutions rather than a quick fix.
Engaging in design activism doesn't limit to disrupt the present but preparing for the future. Every architect and designer who is a design activist; who works for a more sustainable future is a hero. We often want to start from scratch and build something new, but it is not sustainable. We only have limited resources and, sooner or later, we will run out of them when we don't use them responsibly. Hopefully, sustainability is always our game plan; so that we can still look forward to a better world.
Design activism is asking us to be socially conscientious in making our world a better place to live. When we transform our environment to become sustainable and livable, we need a strong will for the cause. Activism is not always about bringing placards to our roads and shouting with for what we believe. But it can be creating and designing things that able us to have a better future. Design activism is to change our world by the action that catalyst change rather than protest for protest. Activism in any form must be about welfare and change, not for self political agendas. To end this, have we done worthy cause for a positive change even in small ways?
Dear @juecoree, Is design activism the ideological foundation of the utopia you dream of?😳
East Asians generally have a stereotype that they will reform and develop the world based on their political and economic power.
Do you believe that you can transform and advance the world with design activism rather than political, economic or military power?
Your idea is very interesting and wonderful! 😄