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Doing Design Differently Auckland: Panel with George Aye

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Presented by CoDesignCo; a network of practitioners learning and sharing about creative and participatory ways to engage people in our work, in collaboration with Design Programmes, Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland and For Purpose.

Doing Design Differently Auckland:
Panel with George Aye

Social design in Australia and Aotearoa is charting a new path forward. When you take stock of the region’s unique position in the world, steeped in local Indigenous histories and growing autonomy, we can see that being far from the hubris of Silicon Valley is an asset and not a liability.

Yet the trend of social design being exported across the globe is predominantly WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, and Democratic). And despite their good intentions, a lack of ethical guidelines puts designers in social and public sectors at great risk of doing more harm than good. 

The Doing Design Differently tour invites design practitioners, leaders, academics, and students to engage critically and constructively with questions of power and ethics. 

Joining George for this panel will be Cecelia FaumuinaKaan Hiini and Dr Diana Albarrán González.

Join us as we try to change how design happens in this part of the world: how design work is commissioned, who gets to be called a designer, and where the benefits and damage of design land.

About the facilitator - George Aye:
George Aye co-founded Greater Good Studio to use design to heal, to be just, to be restorative. After seven years at a global innovation firm, he was hired as the first human-centred designer at the Chicago Transit Authority. Since founding Greater Good, he guides clients and teams through complex projects that honour reality, create ownership, and build power.

Panel Information

Doing Design Differently: Panel - Auckland
Wednesday 6 September at 5.30pm for a 6pm start


90 mins approx.

Venue Information:

University of Auckland
22 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010
Design Theatre 423-348, Conference Centre building, Level 3


This workshop is wheelchair accessible with lift access.

Transport & Parking:

There are five levels of car parking (over 1,000 spaces) at the Owen G Glenn Building (OGGB).
You can access the car park via Grafton Road, opposite Stanley Street.


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This workshop is part of the Doing Design Differently - Australia and Aotearoa Tour.
Across August & September 2023, this tour welcomes George Aye to Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington for a series of workshops, panels and discussions.
Visit codesignco.space/doingdesigndifferently for more information and to view events happening near you!

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