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Designing Our Way to a Better World$
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Thomas Fisher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816698875

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816698875.001.0001

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Design Thinking

Design Thinking

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Designing Our Way to a Better World

Thomas Fisher

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the dilemmas we face from our disaggregation of the world, reflected in public policies and economic incentives that encourage us to take apart the world in order to analyse, understand, and ultimately control it. Design represents a contrary process of reintegrating the broken relations, dysfunctions, and misconnections by synthesizing our knowledge about the world into greater wholes. This chapter examines a set of strategies designers use to reconnect the disjointed reality around us, with an example of how well-designed technology can help us all do the same.

Keywords:   Designed technology, disaggregation, reaggregation, knowledge synthesis, disjointed reality, knowledge, power

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