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The Dangers of Empathy: Talk + Workshop

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Freda's

109 Regent Street

Chippendale

Sydney, NSW 2008

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With so many designers, now responding to the 'Call to Action' to use their skills to make change in the world, we are finding ourselves in surprising contexts: financial services, government, and social sectors. These are challenging situations that we have never been trained for.

Empathy is a key tool in designing for change. It helps inform and shape the design of many products, services and systems that create value for people. However, calling empathy a tool ignores the emotional labour required to practice it. Whether that empathy takes place in a corporate design context where it is counter-cultural to business-as-usual, or in a social design context where it can lead to vicarious trauma, designers are ill equipped to manage the emotional consequences.

Design has many methods but it has no methods for this kind of work. In this event series, we look to other disciplines that operate in challenging emotional spaces such as social work, yoga for mental health, and psychology, to discover how we can borrow and adapt practical lessons for building resilience in everyday practice.

This series signals a coming of age for human-centred design practice, as we acknowledge the limitations of our skills set and open up a space for discussion and learning. We are a group of designers and researchers who are interested in creating new postures and mindsets in design practice, with the aim of helping our design community (and ourselves) continue to do challenging work without burning out. Tuesday’s talk frames the problem space and shares some of the valuable insights from wider fields. The subsequent Sunday codesign workshop, helps imagine and prototype a series of new techniques for resilience and wellbeing in design practice (materials and lunch included!).

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109 Regent Street

Chippendale

Sydney, NSW 2008

Australia

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