The internet has brought the world to our doorsteps. It’s also brought a powerful filter for what we let into our living rooms. With the click of a button or a tap on a screen, we can change everything that we hear and see. Don’t like this shop? One star. Don’t like this song? Thumbs down. Don’t like him? Blocked. Don’t agree with her? Unfriended.
It’s possible to spend days, even months, on the internet without encountering a single worldview that challenges us. And you may have noticed that, alongside this echo-chamber effect, our collective ability to conduct civil, public discourse has deteriorated. However, we still need to work, live, and grow alongside people we don’t agree with.
If our cities are to have a chance at being functional communities, we must learn to foster open dialogue with people of differing opinions. Given our ever-increasing diversity—socially, politically, and economically—and the broken promises of social media, how might we design for the future of discourse?
In this four hour hands-on workshop, collaborative teams will design new visions of sharing, empathy, and engagement. This workshop is included as part of registration for Hopscotch Design Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, but the number of participants will be limited to 32.