We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Susie Wise, Ph.D., author of the new book, Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities. Prof. Wise will be interviewed by Morgan Vien. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Design for Belonging from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Prof. Wise that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!
About the Book: 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.
About the Author: Susie Wise, Ph.D. is a designer with experience in education, tech, and the social sector. She coaches leaders in innovation practices, equity design and storytelling for inclusion. She founded and led Stanford’s d.school's K12 Lab, catalyzing national projects like School Retool and the Shadow a Student Challenge. She is also a co-creator of Liberatory Design. Prof. Wise teaches at the d.school at Stanford University. She is the author of the 2022 book Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities.
About the Interviewer: Morgan Vien, formerly the principal at Ascend K-8 School in Oakland, California, is now founder and CEO of Design for Emergence. She has been a coach for Envision Learning Partners and School Retool. She has an MA in educational leadership from UC Berkeley. Vien is in her flow when she can channel catalyzing energy toward those who want to be reached and those who seek to join her in making change within themselves and their communities. She is a creative and visionary leader who has some power in hosting folks to gather, to design, and to move forward through complexity. She is a coalition builder, a fire-starter, and an enabler toward growth, stoke, agency, and brighter days ahead. She pays close to what people need to step into their power and she then applies a radical imagination to help us all get there.
A practical, illustrated guide to using the tools of design to create feelings of inclusion, collaboration, and respect in groups of any type or size—a classroom, a work team, an international organization—from Stanford University's d.school.