Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities
Date and Time:
May 12 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: Event start time is Central Time (CT).


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Susie Wise, Ph.D.

Designer, author, and educator at the at Stanford University

Morgan Vien, MA

Founder and CEO of Design for Emergence

Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities

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BONUS AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Design for Belonging from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Prof. Wise that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.

Belonging brings out the best in everyone. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, community organizer, or leader of any sort, your group is unlikely to thrive if the individuals don’t feel welcomed, included, and valued for who they are. The good news is that you can use design to create feelings of inclusion in your organization: rituals that bring people together, spaces that promote calm, roles that create a sense of responsibility, systems that make people feel respected, and more. You can’t force feelings, but in Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities, author and educator Susie Wise, Ph.D. explains how to use simple levers of design to set the stage for belonging to emerge. For example, add moveable furniture to a meeting space to customize for your group size; switch up the role of group leader regularly to increase visibility for everyone; or create a special ritual for people joining or leaving your organization to welcome fresh per­spectives and honor work well done.

Inspiration and stories from leaders and scholars are paired with frameworks, tools, and tips, providing an opportunity to try on different approaches. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to spot where a greater sense of belonging is needed and actively shape your world to cultivate it—whether it’s a party, a high-stakes meeting, or a new national organization.

Prof. Wise is a designer and teacher with experience in the education, tech, and social sectors. She coaches leaders in innovation practices, equity design, and storytelling for inclusion; is the founder and former director of the K12 Lab Network at the Stanford; and is a co-creator of Liberatory Design.

Prof. Wise will be in conversation with Morgan Vien, MA, CEO of Design for Emergence, a Design Facilitator with the K12 Lab at the at Stanford University, and Liberatory Design Faculty for the National Equity Project.

This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available on our website and YouTube channel.