Ideate Silently: Enabling 'Others' With Invisible Disability

November 4, 2019 8:30am - 10am

Design thinking is more than a tool to drive business outcomes. Leveraged strategically, it becomes a way to transcend invisible systems of oppression hidden beneath biases that stifle the workplace ecosystem.

  • Capital Factory
  • 701 Brazos St
  • Austin, TX 78701
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Ideate Silently: Enabling 'others' with invisible disability

Displaying Pride colors are okay, but hanging Black Lives Matters posters in the workplace is ‘too political.’ How do you co-create inclusive workplace policies that make space for diverse perspectives? What will be the impact of automating hundreds of thousands of administrative, manufacturing, food service, transportation, and retail jobs? How do ensure those impacted by automation programs are included in the design of change management programs? Design thinking is more than a tool to drive business outcomes. Leveraged strategically, it becomes a way to transcend invisible systems of oppression hidden beneath biases that stifle the workplace ecosystem. Focused on enabling the designer as ally, this workshop heavily indexes on the inherent democracy in the design thinking process. Equipping designers to ally, the session develops participants’ abilities to create space for those that are systemically marginalized while neutralizing power dynamics that characterize the workplace war room.

Speakers / Facilitators

Andrea Gottardy, Visual Designer, Activist

Andrea Gottardy is a Visual designer and the first Culture Director of the Global Business Services Design Team at IBM. As Culture Director, her main charter is to promote inclusivity, empathy, and encourage diverse perspectives across her broader team. She believes that the best ideas are created when teams are able to open up to each other, and she enjoys finding new opportunities to use design and design thinking to bring people together. Outside of work, she also uses design as a tool to support participation in local government, and has worked to find creative ways to support political projects she believes in. Andrea has lead workshops focused on finding common ground with Texas voters, and helped coach individuals through facilitating tough conversations about politics by using deep canvassing and active listening techniques.

Nicholas Jayanty, Design Researcher, Advocate

If the only tool one knows is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Nicholas Jayanty's love of storytelling lead him from a 10 year career in entertainment, where he produced independent narrative and documentary films to the world of design. Translating his grasp of narrative structure to user journeys, and character development to data driven persona development, this transformative journey enabled him to break free of the 90 minute cinematic narrative format to cultivate a skill set that enables people to empathize with one another across a broader palette of media. Rabidly passionate about designing inclusive experiences that serve the end user, Jayanty's blend of user experience, service design and design research has placed him on teams driving organizational transformation within IBM and for IBM's Fortune 100 clients, designing for disability as a design researcher for the USGS's earthquake early warning system, ShakeAlert, and volunteering his time as a designer and ally for organizations including SocialGood.US, Impact360, and frog Design's Women In Innovation program.

  • LOCATION
  • 701 Brazos St Austin, TX 78701
  • DAY
  • Monday, Nov. 4th
  • TIME
  • 8:30-10:00 AM
  • HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
  • Yes
  • ORGANIZED BY
  • Andrea Gottardy and Nicholas Jayanty
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE
  • Citizen Designers, Design Professionals, Allies, Design Managers, HR Representatives
  • PRICE
  • Free

701 Brazos St,
Austin, TX 78701