November 5, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Learn how the realities of aging differ from the stereotypes, review how culture promotes the practice of ageism, and discuss how individuals, our profession, organizations, and society are hurt by it.
Ageism in the workplace is a major problem for designers, particularly because it is considered to be acceptable even by many against other forms of prejudice & discrimination. It is pervasive and reflected in the words of influential leaders (e.g., Mark Zuckerberg: “I want to stress the importance of being young and technical. Young people are just smarter.”) and job ads (e.g., the stated requirement of being a “digital native” abounds). Yet, we all get older — people of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, … As Ashton Applewhite recently proclaimed from the TED stage (see here), ageism is prejudice against our own future selves.
Aging is not a problem or a disease; it is living. Older designers belong in the workforce, and more and more, those approaching, reaching, and passing what is traditionally considered to be retirement age want and need to stay in workforce. Richard will describe how the realities of aging differ from the stereotypes, review how culture promotes the practice of ageism, and discuss how individuals, our profession, organizations, and society are hurt by it.
Participants will share their experiences or other stories of ageism at work in Austin. Themes harvested from the stories will contribute to identifying what designers and the design profession need to address and will guide the group’s identification of what to do to address prevalent scenarios of ageism in the workplace.
Limited parking (paid street and garage parking) | FREE B-cycle | CapMetro downtown | Rideshare
612 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701