Saturday, September 22, 2007

The responses to the Declaration

When I posted The Declaration of Boston back at the end of August, I was pleased to hear that most folks were planning on posting a paper copy in their office to start conversations. Gus actually posted a colleague's responses on his blog. But many of the comments I heard were interesting, having to do with how to define various terms such as "the welfare of the community" or "conscience" or "aesthetic delight" and so on. Clearly, reasonable people will differ on the nature of what supports the welfare of the community -- that's why we have Democrats and Republicans. The key, I think, is that a declaration such as this makes us take responsibility for a) thinking about these things, and b) being able to make the case for why your design solution furthers these goals. Most of the time, we design without thinking about these ethical outcomes; all that means is that our work STILL has ethical outcomes, just unintended ones. I have to believe that if you take these concerns seriously, I'll benefit from your work even if I don't agree with your definitions -- and if you don't take them seriously, I'm more likely to be hindered or diminished by your work.

1 comment:

Gus G.-Angulo said...

I have to mention how great the declaration has been for me, not because it talks about concepts that were unknown and obscure for me, but because it put them all together in a way that made sense and in my case grouped all the ideas I had in my mind but was not able to visualize them in a coherent way
It came in a perfect time for my paper reinforcing my initial intentions, but very particular joy I have found because it has been a terrific way to start, grow and engage in conversation with many of my coworkers (right there a huge step!). It has been a delight to find out that regardless the differences we have (just like Herb mentioned), many of them now are being very much willing to talk and have very rich and productive conversations which definitely help me and I am hoping helps them.
It is definitely one of the most valuables and transcendental things I take with me firm this semester at the BAC. – Thanks for the extra work Herb!!!! =)