Di­ver­sity, AI and ex­tinc­tion

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De­sign­ers Speak( Up) is show­cas­ing the di­verse range of tal­ent in the de­sign in­dus­try by cre­at­ing a di­rec­tory list­ing women de­sign­ers from Aotearoa liv­ing any­where in the world, of all so­cial, cul­tural and eth­nic back­grounds. The or­gan­i­sa­tion says they want the list to be as in­clu­sive as pos­si­ble and span the full spec­trum of de­sign, from stu­dents, to grad­u­ates, to prac­ti­tion­ers, to teach­ers, to ed­u­ca­tors and aca­demics. This fol­lows on from a protest it or­gan­ised at the 2018 Best Awards, which high­lighted the amount of men ver­sus women who had won the pres­ti­gious Black Pin award (now 42 to 3), as well as the num­ber of men ver­sus women who had judged and con­vened the awards ( 46 men, 15 women). WHY THIS MAT­TERS: Gen­der bias in de­sign is a com­plex is­sue, as while there are plenty of women de­sign­ers in the in­dus­try, it’ s no longer as ob­vi­ous and easy to pin­point bias es than in pre­vi­ous decades. Leyla A carog lu, a re­searcher on gen­der equal­ity in de­sign, says :“Equal­ity has moved from an ex­plicit con­ver­sa­tion where we rally against the ass- pinch­ing and sex­ist slurs, to an im­plicit one, where we deal with mi­croag­gres­sion sand silent stereo­typ­ing, which is fu­elling the per­sis­tent un­der rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in po­si­tions of lead­er­ship .” Founder and CEO of Welling­ton- based dig­i­tal de­sign agency Spring load Bron Thom­son weighed in on the is­sue, say­ing agen­cies in­tro­duc­ing a quota could be one way to tackle it. “I be­lieve in­ter­ven­tion of some sort IS needed, be­cause cur­rently our en­tire so­ci­ety is primed from birth that the im­age of suc­cess, of lead­er­ship, is white and male. In or­der to change sub­con­scious bias, we need to see more peo­ple suc­ceed­ing who look dif­fer­ent. And in or­der for this to hap­pen, we need to ac­tively push for equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the high­est level .”

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