Rachel Economy

Design-Thinking Educator
Rachel Economy
Rachel Economy is a poet-performer, design-thinking strategist, and visionary futures educator. She is the owner of Index For The Next World, where she offers human-centered design coaching for individuals and organizations experiencing a painful disconnect between their core values and their daily actions.
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Disability & Design Thinking

Disability & Design Thinking

Wednesday, September 1st, 12pm-1:15pm PT / 3pm-4:15pm ET

As disabled and chronically ill people, we often have to get extremely creative and innovative in designing our lives, filling in the huge gaps in accessibility and occupational support that run rampant in the US medical and social support systems. Yet so often, the moments when we most urgently need this creativity are also the ones in which we feel the most physically or psychologically exhausted. In this workshop, we'll play with a simple design-thinking process that takes you from problem to plan to implementation.

As disabled and chronically ill people, we often have to get extremely creative and innovative in designing our lives, filling in the huge gaps in accessibility and occupational support that run rampant in the US medical and social support systems. Yet so often, the moments when we most urgently need this creativity are also the ones in which we feel the most physically or psychologically exhausted. In this workshop, we'll play with a simple design-thinking process that takes you from problem to plan to implementation.

Bio

Rachel Economy is a design-thinking coach, poet-performer, and visionary futures educator. She helps people longing for change to imagine and grow all sorts of vibrant worlds. Rachel owns Index For The Next World, where she offers human-centered design coaching, providing support for individuals and organizations experiencing a painful disconnect between their core values and their daily actions. She guides artists and change-makers to design spaces, systems, practices that embody justice, access, and pleasure. 

Rachel is a white, queer / bisexual, disabled / chronically ill, cisgender woman, currently residing in California’s bay area on unceded Ohlone land. Rachel has always been interested in our capacity to create little worlds, right where we are. For over a decade, Rachel has studied and taught ecological gardening and farming, systems thinking, resilient design processes / change-making, writing & performance, permaculture, group facilitation, maker & homesteader crafts, and embodied nature connection skills. She loves to share and collaborate on these skills with people of all ages. She holds a master’s degree in Social Innovation and Sustainability from Goddard College, where her graduate work developed a framework of “Re-Storyation Design” for re-imagining the stories that live their way into our systems. Her first poetry chapbook, The Origins of Streams, was published by Finishing Line Press in January of 2021. You can find more of Rachel's work at www.indexforthenextworld.com.

 

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