Designing the President

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Designing the President

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If you could design the perfect U.S. President, what values, character attributes, and experience would top your priority list--and why? What might others designers say–and how might you (and the nation?) enable conversations that are enlightening, non-partisan, and productive?

The 2020 U.S. Presidential election is unfolding to be the most expensive, most divisive, and most reactive campaign in history. It leaves many voters feel powerless against systems that usurp their individual and collective power. In this immersive session of scenarios, role playing, and experiential play, we’ll explore how design can help us navigate ambiguity, learn from others, question the status quo, check our assumptions and biases, work around constraints, and give form to new ideas. Design creates clarity around values and purpose, and ignites personal agency and collective possibility. In many ways, that’s exactly what our founding fathers had in mind when they created a new form of a democratic government over 200 years ago that begins with "We the People… “

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Presentation
Event Type: Session
Level: Beginner