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Considerations for Community Co-Design

Google Design2023-05-22
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Google UX researchers discuss the importance of inclusive and equity-focused community co-design. They highlight the need to engage marginalized communities, frame questions ethically, and prioritize community expertise. Training moderators in equity-focused practices, building a sense of community, and offering equitable compensation are key. Addressing the datification of injustice, collaborative decision-making with community experts, and supporting causes financially are recommended for inclusive tech practices. Google's collaboration with Dope Labs exemplifies the value of shared resources for equitable technology development.

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Google UX researchers discuss inclusion, equity, and community co-design.
Traditional participatory design differs from equity-focused design approaches by emphasizing the importance of engaging marginalized communities.
Community co-design involves treating individuals as experts and co-designers, considering personal identity and sensitive topics.
Ethical considerations are crucial in framing questions through the lens of identity and context.
Teams should ask critical questions before starting a project to approach equity-focused research and community co-design effectively.
Promoting research safety and community co-design effectiveness through equity-focused practices.
Training moderators in equity-focused research practices to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Emphasizing transparency, agency, and knowledge-building in project intentions, privacy, and data sharing.
Leveraging methods like friendship groups for comfortable discussions and shared experiences.
Prioritizing community expertise in decision-making and development over design intuition.
The concept of datification of injustice highlights the barrier created by the constant pursuit of more data rather than acting on existing information.
Collaborative decision-making and co-designing projects with community experts are recommended to build transformative solutions.
Working with community activists, supporting causes financially, and engaging in open dialogue are essential steps in inclusive tech practices.
Google's collaboration with equity research vendor Dope Labs on community co-design work exemplifies the importance of shared learnings and resources for a more equitable approach in technology development.