“For all my knowledge, smarts, and degrees and education, I am no less likely to get arrested than a drug dealer from across the street. And that’s our justice system right there.”
– Quote from Awesome Person at The Point
I had to start with that quote, because it struck me like no other quote during our discussions. The cycle of prejudice, racism, sexism are all perpetuated by stereotypes. And the victim groups react, react and react. The most interesting part of our discussions was when we were able to actually look solutions to existing problems. How do we address problems within our society by making it a point to also understand the root — the various elements that contribute to an individual situation? How do we equip our police with the right skills to deal with individual situations? How can we play to win? Can change only occur on a spiritual level for it to make a real-life difference?
How do we as designers design an intervention that ties “us” vs “them”, or basically, two groups together? What do both groups go through that could be used as a basis for commonality? What’s a deeper connection between these two groups that could bind them together? How does a designer even go about creating an intervention where this “deeper connection” can come into play? Some successful examples of this in play – when two groups are asked to play each others’ roles.