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Weekly round up: when the hero is the problem, the public collaboration lab, the art of asking & more!

Published Date: 14 May 2019

Each week, the SIX team will be sharing their favourite pieces of reading. The content will be organised thematically, and each piece will tie to work that is currently being undertaken by the organisation. Enjoy!

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Sophie Monaghan-CoombsRebecca Solnit: When the Hero is the Problem

On Robert Mueller, Greta Thunberg, and finding strength in numbers. (via The Lit Hub, April 2019) 


Duncan Collins-AdamsThe shocking rape trial that galvanised Spain’s feminists – and the far right

The ‘wolf pack’ case inspired widespread anger and protests against sexual assault laws in Spain. But the anti-feminist backlash that followed has helped propel the far right to its biggest gains since Franco. (via The Guardian, April 2019) 


So Jung RimThe Public Collaboration Lab—Infrastructuring Redundancy with Communities-in-Place

An example of challenge-driven learning in design education and consider the contribution of such approaches to the weaving of communities-in-place. (via UAL, March 2017) 


Marco ShekI wrote the book on user-friendly design. What I see today horrifies me

The world is designed against the elderly, writes Don Norman, 83-year-old author of the industry bible Design of Everyday Things and a former Apple VP. (via Fast Company, May 2019) 


Duncan Collins-AdamsA call to modernise American philanthropy

The giving practices of rich magnates and foundations still suggest a colonial mind-set, the author of a new book argues, as he offers ideas for change. (The New York Times, November 2018) 


So Jung Rim: The art of asking 

Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan. (via TED, February, 2013) 


Sophie Monaghan-CoombsWhen Soviets met Stans: the tower blocks of central Asia – in pictures

Two Italian photographers, Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego, documented Soviet-era buildings in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – and saw how Eastern characteristics crept into the brutal USSR designs. (via The Guardian, May 2019)