Designing for Transformative Futures: Creative Practice, Social Change and Climate Emergency

Markéta Dolejšová, Cristina Ampatzidou, Lara Houston, Ann Light, Andrea Botero, Jaz Choi, Danielle Wilde, Ferran Altarriba Bertran, Hilary Davis, Felipe Gonzales Gil, Ruth Catlow

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We discuss three cases of transformative creative practice that aim to address large-scale societal issues related to the climate emergency by taking a series of interconnected, small-scale actions. Drawing on our first-hand perspectives, we reflect on how the cases address such issues by proliferating across different social contexts and supporting creative engagements of diverse stakeholders. We offer this empirical reflection at a time of rapid social and ecological change that has affected all life on the planet. Eco-social challenges and structural inequalities caused by shifts in global economic, political and technological power require new approaches and transformative actions to stabilize and restore ecosystems on which life depends. Our research shows that creative practice in art and design has a critical role to play in these processes of transformation. By discussing the opportunities and challenges encountered by our three cases within their transformative efforts and analyzing how they proliferate across diverse scales, we aim to expand the emerging scholarship on the transformative potential of creative practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC and C 2021 - Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Creativity and Cognition
ISBN (Electronic)9781450383769
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventACM Creativity and Cognition - Virtual, Online, Italy
Duration: 22 Jun 202123 Jun 2021
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceACM Creativity and Cognition
Abbreviated titleC&C
CityVirtual, Online


  • Climate emergency
  • Creative practice
  • Social change
  • Transformation


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