From redefining what it means to own and control the generation of electricity in the rural American South, to recuperating indigenous land in Quito, Ecuador in order to build a new neighborhood, oppressed and marginalized communities around the globe are struggling to build self-determination. They are defining and then forging their own path to develop independent cultural, political, and economic systems.
Over the summer and fall of 2016, MIT CoLab worked with a group of DUSP students through its Student Practitioner Summer Program (SPSP)– Libbie Cohn, Sam Jung, Sabah Usmani and Grant Williams– whose political and creative imagination was sparked by the potential of communities’ efforts to build self-determination around the world. They have produced compelling multimedia narratives that investigate and lift up these efforts while articulating critical questions and tensions.
Join us on Tuesday, November 15th, for a day-long installation of these stories (drop in), and for an evening panel and discussion with the student producers, moderated by Dayna Cunningham (RSVP required) that explores how these narratives might evoke plausible worlds and shape a new imagination of alternatives around social justice and human dignity.
Support for development of the multi-media narratives was made possible, in part, by grants from MIT’s PKG Public Service Center.