Alternatives to the Life of the Submissive

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  • Title: Alternatives to the Life of the Submissive: Working Collaboratively to Create the Conditions for the Development of Multiple Alternatives
  • Author(s): Barbara Predan
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Design Principles & Practices
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Design in Society
  • Keywords: Participatory Design, Gender Equality, Social Equity, Spaces of Solidarity, Anthropocentrism
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2325-1328 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2325-1360 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1328/CGP/v13i04/49-59
  • Citation: Predan, Barbara . 2019. "Alternatives to the Life of the Submissive: Working Collaboratively to Create the Conditions for the Development of Multiple Alternatives." The International Journal of Design in Society 13 (4): 49-59. doi:10.18848/2325-1328/CGP/v13i04/49-59.
  • Extent: 11 pages

Abstract

The article applies theoretical knowledge to highlight examples of grassroots and participatory actions by individuals and groups building new mechanisms of action, a mode of operation not often seen in established institutionalised culture. In addition, the article explores the role of women in the context of participatory design within solidarity economies, based on the premise of scholar and activist Silvia Federici that the commons movement, striving for spaces of solidarity and autonomy and for an understanding of the vital importance of coexistence, is still very closely associated with many women’s initiatives and activities. Through their action, women show their support for non-profit public good initiatives as well as for spaces where people can socialise, explore, and experiment. By acknowledging what has been overlooked, they give voice to the marginalised. With their initiatives, they are building the foundations for decentralised spaces of ethical decision-making and encouraging shared responsibility for the environment we live in. In other words, it is only after we address the issues of social relations, anthropocentrism, dominance, and hierarchy that we can start building the foundation for coexistence. This will be a chance to reflect on the kind of world we want to live in or, better yet, could live in. And this is key, enabling us to contemplate the vital importance of developing an alternative and the process of building an alternative as an act of rebellion against the present state.