[community] communicating inclusive design en masse

Jim Tobias tobias at inclusive.com
Wed Jul 6 17:39:44 UTC 2016

Thanks, Dana.

Yeah, I'm not sure how 'we're all connected' is central to the message. It's obviously true, but may be hard for some to relate to, and thus create some skeptical distance? (I'll confess that's my reaction at times.)

Instead, we could tie into 'needing everyone's unique contribution' by saying how important it is that we be *able* to connect with anyone/everyone. That is, the positive externality of the 'network' being more valuable to each of us, the more people we can communicate with through it. That would reinforce the importance of auto-personalization, because you won't know in advance who you want to connect with, or what their favorite mode or method will be.

I would love to see this as a visualization that shows technology changing over time, and individuals also changing over time, and attempting to massively reach out to each other through the flux. Imagine 2 nearby merry-go-rounds; each rider is the brass ring for another rider. Then pull back and see more merry-go-rounds in other dimensions; some riders are people, some are digital thingies. Connections and accomplishments flash around and expand the scope.

Buffy Sainte-Marie background music track! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3uY3-O09sQ 

Jim Tobias
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Subject: Re: [community] communicating inclusive design en masse

Hi Jutta,

Regarding the 3 dimensions characterization, I think the first two are clear. The third “we are all connected” has got me thinking - this idea doesn’t seem to be clearly captured in how we’ve described the third dimension of “Broader Beneficial Impact<http://idrc.ocadu.ca/about-the-idrc/49-resources/online-resources/articles-and-papers/443-whatisinclusivedesign>”. Currently it stresses broader impact/interconnectedness of people and systems/virtuous cycles of inclusion. I think these ideas can be extrapolated to encompass “we are all connected”, but I don’t think it’s obvious from our definition. It seems that either we need to rethink or add to the definition we currently have (this makes most sense to me - and makes me think of the cause and effect exercise), or come up with a different one-line characterization (which I’m having trouble doing!).

Regarding the video, I agree with some others - I love the simplicity of it. Perhaps it could be a bit shorter/more concise.


Dana Ayotte
Inclusive Designer
Inclusive Design Research Centre
OCAD University

On Jul 5, 2016, at 11:43 AM, Treviranus, Jutta <jtreviranus at ocadu.ca<mailto:jtreviranus at ocadu.ca>> wrote:

I’ve been trying to distill our inclusive design theory into simple to understand and quickly communicated chunks for the large scale workshops (4000+ participants) planned by some of our partners.

What do people think of characterizing the 3 dimensions as:

1. We are all unique
2. We need everyone’s unique contribution 3. We are all connected

Also, would anyone be willing to create a more professional version of this piece I threw together many years ago:



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