I've been absent from the blog for awhile now, mainly because it feel a bit trite in light of what's currently happening in our country. I'm stunned that as a nation of immigrants, we are electing to turn away those who need sanctuary the most. I don't understand how we can watch Syrian children suffering on television and turn our backs. It feels like a truly low point in the history of our democracy and it's painful to watch.
I keep asking myself, how can we use design for good, to make the world a better, more equitable place to live? How can we offer compassion and refuge to those who need it most? How do we heal a divided country? Big questions without any easy answers. I feel torn by the magnitude of the situation and my own personal ability (perceived or otherwise) to do very little about it to make a difference.
Can we view this situation as a design challenge, where we can use design to enact social good? Or is this a purely political issue? I know how to navigate design challenges, but I feel clueless when it comes to politics.
In thinking about how to bring about more good in the world, I keep coming back to what I know to be true about design:
- We're all in this together.
- Design is for everyone.
- Stop complaining, Do something.
- Karma is real.
- Design matters.
San Diego refugees—call us. We'll help in whatever way we can.