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equityXdesign: A Process and Practice

228 Accelerator believes that all people, including both students and education professionals, have the power and the capacity to design — even if they don’t see themselves as designers. We work to empower all people as designers and to help those with creative authority to leverage their influence and power to create transformative learning experiences.

228 Accelerator’s work is rooted in the equityXdesign process, a powerful design framework that merges the values of equity work and innovation with the intentionality of design. Read more about the equityXdesign framework here.

In order to create a world that reconciles gaps and dismantles segregation, we must challenge our beliefs and change our actions. We capture this arc in three interdependent stages:

Stage 1: Defining the Relationship
The foundational premise of the equityXdesign framework is that racism and system of inequity are products of design. As we work to redesign our environments, we must understand how racism and inequity manifest in our organizational cultures, our relationships, and ourselves. The Defining the Relationship stage invites participants to interrogate the self and its origins, engage in uncomfortable conversations, and learn about how our cultural stories have shaped our engagement with others. This stage allows us to identify a starting point for the journey ahead.

Stage 2: Transforming the Relationship
When we transform our relationships, we interrogate the design of different relationships at different altitudes. At the highest altitude, we explore and unpack the ecosystem. At ground zero, we explore and understand the relationship at the margins. This investigation pairs acknowledgement of the past must be paired with the inspiration for the future. How do we design and define our new relationships in terms that inspire actions? In our organizations, how do we look to our interactions, policies, and practices as levers to activate new behaviors?

Stage 3: Scaling the Relationship
The Scaling the Relationship stage prepares for the difficult work of changing entrenched systems. In this stage, discourse shift is critical. We explore storytelling and the power of language, and we position storytellers to share united, compelling narratives across difference in order to create long-term change, both individually and organizationally.

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