Structures for Inclusion Conference 2012 in Austin Texas: Design is Relational

STRUCTURES FOR INCLUSION is an annual conference focused on design for social good. Structures for Inclusion 2012 brings together activists, designers, funders and policy makers who are at the forefront of designing in the public’s interest. Dynamic innovators and experienced professionals from around the world are providing honest, inspiring conversations and participatory workshops to help designers do more and do it better. This year’s theme: Design is Relational

It is not just about objects. It’s also about being a catalyst to change human relationships and activities.

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