Ideas Arrangement Effects: System Design and Social Justice

The Management and Marketing Research Group at the Essex Business School warmly invite you to join guest speakers from The Design Studio for Social Intervention as they present their collaborative project.

  • Wed 21 Oct 20

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Online

    Via Zoom ID 97361561195

  • Event speaker

    The Design Studio for Social Intervention

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Management and Marketing Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Atika Kemal

The aims of the Management and Marketing (MM) research seminars include contributing to strengthen the research culture in MM and Essex Business School, as well as provide an opportunity for discussing research and sharing ideas with colleagues. The research seminars also look to encourage cross-disciplinary research and intellectual exchange whilst engaging in Zoom-mediated social activities with colleagues.

Seminar abstract

Ideas are embedded in social arrangements which in turn produce effects.

With this simple premise, the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) makes a compelling case for "arrangements" as a rich and overlooked terrain for social justice and world building.

Unpacking how ideas like racism and sexism remain sturdy by embedding themselves in everything from physical and social infrastructure to everyday speech and thought habits.

The seminar introduces the resource that gives its readers the tools to sense, intervene in and imagine new arrangements.

Using diverse examples from their work and others, DS4SI offers readers a road-map for using social intervention to invite the larger public into imagining and creating a more just and vibrant world. 


This seminar is free to attend with no need to book in advance. The seminar will be held virtually via Zoom.

Speaker bio

The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) is dedicated to changing how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed in the United States.

Situated at the intersections of design practice, social justice, public art and popular engagement, DS4SI designs and tests social interventions with and on behalf of marginalised populations, controversies and ways of life.

Founded in 2005 and based in Boston (USA), DS4SI is a space where activists, artist, academics and the larger public come together to imagine new approaches to social change.and new solutions to complex social issues.

Their new book, Ideas Arrangement Effects: Systems Design and Social Justice is available  free online 

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