Critical Transformations: A Forum on New Futures | Design and Social Justice

September 15, 2020

Join us for the inaugural roundtable talk for Critical Transformations: A Forum on New Futures on the topic of Design and Social Justice.

Thursday, September 24 at 4:00 PM PST
Free & Open to All – RSVP Here

Zoom URL
Meeting ID: 697 9213 7166
Passcode: 929121

How do you build greater equity within a community using design practices? How can design principles be used to empower and center marginalized people? This roundtable invites a group of designers and researchers to discuss their innovative work at the intersection of design and social justice.


Nura Ali, Artist and Social Activist
Jacquie Shaw, Designer
moderated by Jean Chisholm, Designer and Sessional Faculty at Emily Carr

Please note all Critical Transformations events will be recorded and published at a later date on this website.

About the Panelists:

Nura Ali is a visual artist, community organizer and social activist, living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her multidisciplinary practice engages issues of memory, place building, displacement and power. Nura has been involved in grassroots organizing in the non-profit sector for many years. Firstly at the Al Madad Foundation, an NGO that provides art and educational initiatives to displaced children living in refugee camps. Followed then by a move to the British Somali Community where she worked for a number of years on community education programs aimed at eradicating Female Genital Mutilation. Nura is one of the founding members the Vancouver Artists Labour Union and also currently involved with Centre for Polite Dissent.

Jacquie Shaw is a Filipinx-Bermudian design anthropologist and strategic futurist whose practice combines design, research, education, and consulting, Their work is grounded in and supports critical explorations of design’s role and use in creating equitable futures.

Jean Chisholm (BA, BDes, MDes) is a designer, researcher, and educator. Her research explores place-based design practices and community collaborations that work towards relational, ecological and equitable ways of living, and has most recently been published through PDC 2020: Participation(s) Otherwise. She has multiple years of experience as a graphic designer and art director, designing and overseeing production for printed, spacial, and digital touchpoints. Jean currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she also completed her Master of Design in 2020. She lives in Vancouver, located within the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̍əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


About Critical Transformations: A Forum on New Futures

We are living through unprecedented times that present the challenges of the pandemic, an economic recession, and rising fascism, alongside the opportunities of social justice, creative problem-solving, and bold thinking.

Curated by Ceci Moss and hosted by the Shumka Centre at Emily Carr University, Critical Transformations is a monthly series of online roundtable conversations that invites visionary artists, curators, activists, designers, architects, and arts organizers around the globe to discuss their work in creating groundbreaking new models for the arts sector.