Social arrangements with Kenneth Bailey

Building the world yet to come

By Kristin Gecan

Episode 7 of With Intent is available now.

Kenneth Bailey, co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), and co-author of Ideas, Arrangements, Effects, talks about his approach to building a better possible world. Talking about specific projects like Public Kitchen, as well as the thinking and pragmatism shared in his book, Kenneth thinks we need to better understand our current world in order to build a better one.

Kenneth Bailey
Kenneth Bailey

As he sees it, one must go beyond the problems we see and experience every day to understand the systems, infrastructures, or "arrangements" that underpin them:

What the book is really asking us to do is to really slow down and start to make strange these daily occurrences that we live and start to ask ourselves: what are these daily operating systems, what are they doing with us? How are they informing us and how are we informing them?

If you're interested in changing the social, you have to understand what is the social.

Kenneth is a 2021 Latham fellow at the Institute of Design. Discover a conversation with Kenneth, ID Associate Professor Laura Forlano, Executive Director of the Institute of the Future Marina Gorbis, and co-founder of and senior faculty at the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design Mushon Zer-Aviv on our YouTube channel here.

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