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Friday, September 24 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
5 Concrete Actions UX Designers Can Take Today to Improve the World

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As designers we shape many things in the world. We are expert user researchers, problem solvers, fixers, inventors and know how to make an idea manifest. Yet we know that massive positive change is needed badly in the world. We witness rampant social injustices tied with impending climate catastrophe on the heels of a pandemic that won’t quit. It can be overwhelming to face these issues, and we feel limited by business priorities, budgets, job security, health concerns, and so on.

Our mission as UX professionals is to do design that is good for people. Easy-to-use is not the extent of our impact. Do you have the personal motivation or sense of responsibility that you want to do more? Does your design sensibility go beyond the typical set of requirements? We have the opportunity and the ability to lead with ideas, suggestions and behaviors that can have results for the good of all. We are capable of effecting change—but where to start? This session will help you take the first steps or inspire you to keep stepping up if you already are.

In this panel, 5 designers seriously concerned about the current state of the world will share their ideas for stepping into action right away. Each panelist will present one important concrete action that you can take right now to have a positive impact on the world around you. The panelists also look forward to a lively discussion with the audience. Join us to have your awareness raised and to raise ours with your own thoughts and questions.

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James Christie

Founder, SustainableUX
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Elizabeth Rosenzweig

President of Board, Director, World Usability Day, Bubble Mountain Consulting, Brandeis
Elizabeth Rosenzweig is Principal at Bubble Mountain Consulting and Director/President of the Board of World Usability Day.   Elizabeth has worked as a consultant and employee in several major corporations for over 25 years. Her experience includes design and development, ranging... Read More →
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Dorothy Shamonsky

Chief UX Strategy Officer, Boston UX
Dorothy is passionate about creating usable beauty and beautiful usability. Even though high tech has enabled some negative consequences, she is still optimistic that it can be used for good. Her focus is new product innovation with emphasis on the design of touch, gesture and voice... Read More →
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Brian K Smith

Boston College
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Dan Zollman

Information Architecture & UX Strategy, Independent
Dan Zollman is an information architect, UX strategist, and independent consultant living in Cambridge, MA. His interests in responsible, ethical, and systemic design have evolved through his experiences practicing IA and UX in complex organizations including Vanguard, Tufts University... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
4 - Republic (Research & Panels)