David Clifford

Founder + Exec Dir
Design School X (DSX)

David Clifford is an American edu-agitator who founded Design School X (DSX), co-created Liberatory Design, as well as co-founded the East Bay School for Boys as a feminist act to redesign men. He builds irresistible learning environments of belonging and becoming. David has been an artist, designer, builder, and equity/social justice-oriented educator for over 25 years. Much of this time has been spent designing curriculum and culture that utilize tensions (academia and the arts, power and oppression, white supremacy and multiculturalism) for creative opportunities to inspire humanity and creative agents of change.

As a heterosexual, upper-middle-class, able-bodied White man, David is the beneficiary of the generations of oppression of people in the U.S. He uses his legacy privilege to challenge the very systems and structures of oppression that placed him in his unearned place of power. This self-awareness, coupled with his design/builder mindset and skill-set gives David a fortuitous opportunity to rattle status quo cages found within the White worlds of education, design, design thinking, and maker communities.

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