Kenneth Bailey is the co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI). His new book (co-authored with DS4SI) is entitled Ideas-Arrangements-Effects: Systems Design and Social Justice. In this video, he reminds us of the work of political theorists Gilles Delezue and Feliz Guattari when he says, “We don’t need to have one line of flight toward liberation.” He calls for a wider definition of forms: “When we find ourselves in conflict, we think that it’s us, and often it’s the form—the form has produced the thing, because the form affords a certain thing.”
About The Author
Kenneth started his activism in the early eighties as a teenager, working in his neighborhood for tenants’ rights and decent housing, targeting the St. Louis Housing Authority. He went on to work for COOL, a national campus-based student organizing program, and then moved to Boston where he worked for the Ten Point Coalition, Interaction Institute for Social Change, and Third Sector New England, as well as being on the Board for Resource Generation.Most recently he has been a trainer and a consultant, primarily on issues of organizational development and community building. He first realized the need for a more “designerly” approach to community work while developing parts of the Boston Community Building Curriculum for The Boston Foundation. This workshop asked community activists and residents to think about creative ways to work with their community assets – existing social relationships, individual’s gifts and skills, and untapped local resources. Many community residents remained locked in conventional nonprofit approaches to working with community assets. They weren’t obliged to, they just knew no other way. He realized then that activists needed new tools to redesign approaches for community change, which led him to build a design studio for social activism.