Ready to (un)learn?
Inclusivity is not a problem to be solved, it is an invitation to act.
At this year’s Dutch Design Week, hosted at Van Abbemuseum, the Embassy of Inclusive Society focuses on inclusivity as taking action collectively. We emphasise inclusivity as a(n) (un)learning process, therefore, we have curated a wonderful program of workshops, talks and symposiums. From practical communication skills and hands-on making, to design methods and dialogues around pressing notions of plurality and multivocality.
There are many sessions to explore, addressing various communities with different fascinations, needs and interests. All workshops below are open for participation without a fee, but please let us know that you will be joining by signing up beforehand on our Embassy website. Check out a brief overview of the programme:
23 Oct 11:00 – 13:00 Inclusively wired
What do we need to see the talents and qualities of people with a neurodiverse brain? This workshop is twofold: a reflective part where participants share insights and learnings and a constructive part where people formulate the next steps towards activities for the coming future. It is part of the program Inclusively wired, initiated by iDROPS. Register here!
24 Oct 14:00 – 16:00 Better perspective on homelessness / Beelddepot
A conversation with press photographers, journalistic researchers from Fontys School of Journalism, designers and people with lived experiences. This session will explore how to better represent the issues surrounding homelessness representation and why this is important. Let us know you will be joining.
25 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 Design Beyond Vision / Boey Wang and Simon Dogger
In this workshop, the visually impaired audience and designers will share their desires about how they want to experience exhibitions. It is a connection between visual and non-visual perceptions of art. Sign up here.
25 Oct 11:00 – 12:00 Opportunities for the Community Land Trust Model in the Netherlands / And The People
Together with a group of experts and initiatives, we are exploring what the Community Land Trust model can add to the housing and real estate development landscape in the Netherlands. Want to join the exploration?
25 Oct 13:30 – 16:30 Symposium: Parallel worlds and spaces in-between / The Niteshop
During this symposium, The Niteshop reflects with partners on what the city could look like when the knowledge and skills of migrant communities are the starting point in shaping the public domain. Sharing insights from workshops, city walks and interviews. All these components form building blocks for design research into working in an in-between space. A space where worlds of Urban Culture, policy and cultural institutions come together for a common mission: to influence the most pressing social and ecological transition tasks. Get your free ticket here.
26 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 Cultural Probes: How to connect with communities you don’t know yet? / Ruimtekoers
Design anthropologists Tina Lenz and Yosser Dekker will share new creative methods on how to recognise what is going on in a neighbourhood. And on how Participatory Action Research with a culture-sensitive design approach contributes to an inclusive society. Curious to find out more? Register here.
26 Oct 14:00 – 14:00 Design for digital inclusion / (ink).
How can we make the digital world really accessible?
Designers, software engineers and other creatives all have a great influence on how public spaces are designed. In this workshop people with lived experiences, experts and designers will be mapping opportunities and barriers that they experience in their daily practices. Join by signing up here.
28 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 Oral culture and inclusive society / dr. Olupemi Oludare
The workshop will combine music and narratives to discuss the concept of oral culture, and how it equips us with perspectives and tools to live with differences in society. Through interactive activities on the talking drums, oral genres and stories, we learn from the beautiful traditions in Africa and how cultural practices can bridge social gaps. Register here.
29 Oct 10:00 – 12:00 Verbal and non-verbal communication – what’s the difference? / Marcin Karwinski
This workshop offers the opportunity to discuss what it means to live with a disability, physical or mental. It also focuses on what aspects can interfere with verbal and nonverbal communication. Participants will experience cognitive dissonances in which they fully focus on new ways of sensory perception. Are you ready for a new perspective? Sign up here.
29 Oct 14:00 – 16:00 Embroidery Group Improvisation / De Voorkamer
The Voorkamer Embroidery Group welcomes you to join their gathering around threads, fabrics and needles. In these gatherings, the embroidery group finds a place to be together and share thoughts, observations, and tips which pop up at the crafts table. Whether you’d like to start your own embroidery piece, continue on an existing one, or suggest a collective work, you are welcome to join. Feeling creative? Join the Embroidery Group.