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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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Elizabeth Rosenzweig

President of Board, Director, World Usability Day
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Dorothy Shamonsky

Director UX R&D, Integrated Computer Solutions
Dorothy Shamonsky has over 30 years of experience as an interface designer. She has spent much of her career working on applied research projects for such clients as MOMA, Merrill Lynch, and MTV. She held teaching positions at New York University and Pratt Institute. Dorothy holds... Read More →
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Brian K Smith

Boston College
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Dan Zollman

UX Strategist, Independent
Dan Zollman is an information architect and UX strategist living in Boston, MA. His interests in purposeful, ethical, and systemic design have evolved through his experiences practicing IA and UX in complex organizations including Vanguard, Tufts University, and the Commonwealth of... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
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