SOUR Talks on Community Centered Design 101 by 3x3

September 6, 2021

Join 3x3 and spotlight guest Pinar Guvenc (Partner SOUR) on September 15 for the first community gathering to connect and celebrate all of us designing for inclusion, and for a lively gathering around the challenges, myths, and joys of practicing community-centered design.

About the organizer:

3x3 is an inclusive innovation studio designing for systemic change from New York to New Delhi. They apply community-centered design to seed transformative systems change, and apply their backgrounds in urban planning, international development, and the social sciences to bring rigor and creativity to every project. The outcomes are Community-Centered Design Toolkits, which includes inclusive methods for teams to practice inclusive design and achieve equitable outcomes.

This online recurring gathering space for emerging and established practitioners is created to connect, learn, and support each other in their practice of inclusive and community-centered design practices. We welcome all professional backgrounds and experience levels — no prior training or knowledge of community-centered design needed!



The aim of this gathering is to offer an onboarding or refresher to the core values and applications of community-centered design, and provide space for participants to engage in discussion and network:

  • Understand the lineage and evolution of community-centered design in practice;
  • Gain exposure to the core mindsets and values driving community-centered design;
  • Engage in conversation with fellow practitioners to share challenges, resources, and inspiration;
  • Learn about other training opportunities and resources to continue to evolve your practice.



This online event will be a combination of an interactive presentation, discussions, and open time for networking. The Zoom link will be shared 1-day prior to the start of the workshop.

  • 5 minutes: Interactive warm-up and setting shared intentions
  • 20 minutes: Snapshot of the history and evolution of community-centered design, myth-busting, and other engaging activities
  • 20 minutes: Small-group, facilitated conversations to connect and learn from fellow practitioners and learners
  • 10 minutes: Group reflection and review of key takeaways

Drawing from over a decade of experience developing methods that center communities in design, policy, and planning decisions, this event is part of a larger training series for teams to integrate critical reflection, collaboration, and inclusion into their everyday work.


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