Social Connectivity

A project of Columbus Design Institute, Homeworks seeks thoughtful responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by convening a series of conversations with academics, designers, and community practitioners. Over the course of four days, conversations will focus on singular topics: Social Connectivity, Public Space, Home Life, and Food Systems. Homeworks will conclude with a Recap presentation by designer Rick Valicenti—Indy Design Week’s Keynote presenter.

Homeworks is a call to action that focuses on improving the communities of Indiana, and beyond. Together we can learn about and explore creative approaches to our current and long-term future reality.

Presented by the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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1/5 Homeworks: Social Connectivity
Monday, May 4  1:00 - 3:00 PM

COVID-19 has upended our social fabric, making social inequities more visible and community harder to build. Social Connectivity will explore designing communities to be more resilient and equitable in this pandemic, and after.

Questions for Discussion
How are social connections being affected by quarantine?  
Who is at greatest risk and most challenged? 
What have we lost from being able to gather?
For those that are able to go online, how are the digital communities working?

Relevant Articles
Design for Systems, Not Users - Alexis Lloyd, Medium
Social Justice in a Time of Social Distancing - Kenneth Bailey & Lori Lobenstine, The Design Studio for Social Intervention
Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting - Julio Vincent Gambuto, Medium
Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation - Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The Road to Semi-Normal - Ross Douthat, New York Times

‍Presenting Participants

Brea Perry, Professor
Department of Sociology, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)

Kenneth Bailey, Sector Organizing & Strategy Lead, Design Studio for Social Intervention (Dorchester, MA)

Responding Practitioners

Rachel Glago, Midway Music Speaks (Bloomington, IN)

Joanna Nixon, Inspire 10th Street (Indianapolis, IN)

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