Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
Carry Forward or Leave Behind:
The Role of a Civic Designer
Wednesday, June 16
During this session three designers from the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics reflect on their 10-year practice in city government. Coworkers and collaborators Sabrina Dorsainvil, Wandy Pascoal and Nigel Jacob define 2020 as a tipping point, bringing fresh reflection and interrogation to their practice as civic designers.
During their live and unscripted discussion, they’ll explore the tension that arises when designers focus on problem-based thinking versus looking at root causes. They hope to unpack the role of local government in not just being a service provider, but rather a systems-level change agent. Beyond local government, this invitation to dialogue aims to explore the responsibility we each have to humanity and to one another.
Join this innovative and reflective trio as they discuss their insights, including the need and determination to carry forward:
humanity, justice and equity as central values
our power and the possibilities of our actions and the roles we play
the recognition that seemingly small details can have great impact
the realization that inaction is an action
the ability to always be critical of whose imagination we exist in today
the knowledge that our work is built upon histories
the recognition that we can choose to care and act—and make space for each other to thrive