Pink, S, Catanzaro, M, Sandbach, K, Barnes, A, Mcneill, J, Gusheh, M, Scotece, E & Catanzaro, C 2015, 'Making and sharing the commons: Reimagining 'the West' as Riverlands, Sydney through a dialogue between design and ethnography', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 42-56.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Scholars from the social sciences and humanities are increasingly seeking to improve the relevance and social
impact of their research beyond the academy. In this context, 'designerly' thinking and methods are being drawn
on to inform social change agendas, and a range of new relationships and collaborations are forming around this
node of activity. This article critically reflects on this trajectory through a dialogue between ethnography, design
and theoretical principles from anthropology and human geography.
We draw on the example from a workshop during the ICD Symposium and our response to the challenge of
reimagining Western Sydney as 'Riverlands, Sydney'. We found that various conflicting descriptions and
residents' experiences of Western Sydney warranted a critical take on the constitution of a 'problem' of Western
Sydney and the possible solution as 'Riverlands, Sydney'. We argue that a diverse mix of experiential and
theoretical 'knowing' is needed to tackle locally embedded opportunities and challenges, and that local
knowledge must 'sit at the table' on an equal footing with design practice and academic analysis.
The article outlines points of contact that could be created to involve local people and organisations as experts
in a hypothetical, collectively imagined project, and how this could lead to their active engagement as
co-researchers, co-designers and co-producers in making and sharing commons. The article demonstrates how
this type of critical and collaborative design framework incorporates theoretical and ethnographic dialogues, and
how this approach provides the entry points for going beyond stale policy-based responses to contemporary
societal challenges. Using a combination of experiential and theoretical tools to look beneath the surface of the
already constituted 'question' or 'problem' allows possible re-framings to be explored before responses are
developed. We argue that ethnographic understandings developed in dialogue with design, w...
Gusheh, M & Arvanitakis, J 2016, 'How to change the world' in Arvanitakis, J (ed), Sociologic Analysing Everyday Life and Culture, Oxford University Press, USA, pp. 419-433.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Key Features Learn through the voices of real people - student and professional profiles throughout the text show real life examples of situations and expose readers to a wealth of voices and perspectives.Critical reflection questions and ...
Gusheh, M & Powell, A 2013, 'Expanding Citizenship: Expanding Our Understanding' in Arvanitakis, J & Matthews, I (eds), The Citizen in the 21st Century, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, pp. 111-123.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Today's world is characterised by complex and interrelated issues that often impact those most vulnerable and marginalised in society. The role of citizens in bringing about positive social change within this rapidly shifting context is widely acknowledged. An abundant range of citizenship programmes and models of community engagement have been developed to enhance the participation of citizens within society. Despite aiming to enable deeper or broader engagement, many of these programmes fail to adequately respond to the changing nature of citizenship. A focus on linear knowledge transfer fails to respond to the dynamic nature of change in an environment where people are more connected than ever before. There is a significant disconnect between the intentions and pedagogy of traditional civics education programmes and the communities and contexts within which they operate. There is now a call for new citizen engagement strategies that better consider the complex and changing nature of society. In this chapter we discuss the development of a new program that aims to respond to this call. As we prepare to create a new citizen engagement program for young people in Western Sydney, we reflect on our previous practice and draw on three key insights that will inform our progress. Namely that citizenship is a collective process; understanding and engaging with power is central to effective citizenship engagement; and Design Thinking can effectively be used to facilitate a process for expanding the active citizenship of young people.
Gothe, J, Harris, L, Gusheh, M, Costello, O & Hromek, S, 'International Institute for Information Design Award 2014 Exhibition', International Institute for Information Design Awards 2014 Exhibition, International Institute for Information Design, International Institute for Information Design Awards 2014 touring exhibition, D-Day, Zagreb, Croatia, 3 -5 Jul; VisionPlus, Birmingham, UK, 3-4 Sep; ECinformationdesign, Vienna, Austria 17 Sep; RaPaPro, Riga, Latvia, 1 Oct; City Museum, Split, Croatia, 5-15 Oct; stadtland- schluss, Marktoberdorf, Bavaria, 7-9 Oct; designforum, Dornbirn, Austria, 4-18 Nov 2015; Weissraum, Innsbruck, Austria, 24 Nov – 18 Dec; Danube University, Krems, Austria, 2 Dec 2015.
Two award winning submissions in the categories of Sustainability and Social Affairs that are central in the touring exhibition for International Institute of Information Design Awards 2014.