from “Reading with a Systems Look”

Photo taken by Ya’aqov Ziso

Eighenwhoosit?

Mark presents on von Foerster's concept of Eigenbehavior

Posted in Project Report

Who is invited?

Since we all live with the consequences of the current design of society, everyone is invited to participate in designing a different one. No particular educational background is required; the prerequisite is the desire to participate in designing a society.

Apply

To apply to participate in the School for Designing a Society, please fill out the form to the left and you will be contacted for a phone interview.

To contact admissions, email Melanie at applications@designingasociety.net.

Film Emphasis In the fall of 2013, the School for Designing a Society began to put more emphasis on the medium of video, with forays into the creation of Public Service Announcements as part of the larger SDAS collaboration project. We will continue with this emphasis in 2014. Under what circumstances will a composition of sound, text and moving image provoke curiosity, action, reflection, and change of mind?

Collaboration with writer & urban planner, Faranak Miraftab This Spring 2014 SDaS participants have been invited to work with writer and urban planner, Faranak Miraftab on theatricalizing texts from her book, Making a Home in the Heartland: Immigration and Global Labor Mobility. The book is based on interviews with Cargil employees in Beardstown illinois. The idea would be to create a touring program based on these texts/interviews. Writers, musicians, poets, dancers, activists are invited to work on this collaboration.

apply no particular educational background is required; the prerequisite is the desire to participate in designing a society.

upcoming read about our upcoming programs and workshops in the fall, spring & summer.

courses listed both alphabetically and by topic & a number of interdisciplinary programs cross boundaries between disciplines.

what happens? designing a society is a project that intersects the formats of classroom, commune, performance ensemble, activist group.

ATTEND THE GALA WORLD PREMIERE!
SDaS.DVD

Health Care in All the Wrong Places will
be premiered in Champaign Illinois
Tuesday, January 28th, 7:30 pm at the
Art Theater, 126 W Church St, Champaign

Film-maker Susan Parenti, actors and musicians from the film will be on hand, as well as Patch Adams. Music and fun, as well as the film screening will take place. Bring your clown noses and whacky costumes—some impishness will take place at the intermission!

tickets: $9 adults, $7 students, $6 students and seniors.

As a very special offer, those who donate $100 or more will have the opportunity to dine with Dr. Adams and the filmmaker beforehand to discuss the state of health care in the United States. Don’t miss this very rare opportunity.

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CONTACT Independent Media Center, 202 South Broadway Avenue #7, Urbana, IL  61801

NY Workshop 3-hour workshop in NY on formulating and performing social change

Summer Session 3-week session on Desire & Design

apply no particular educational background is required; the prerequisite is the desire to participate in designing a society.

upcoming read about our upcoming programs and workshops in the fall, spring & summer.

courses listed both alphabetically and by topic & a number of interdisciplinary programs cross boundaries between disciplines.

what happens? designing a society is a project that intersects the formats of classroom, commune, performance ensemble, activist group.

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Linked projects

Here is an incomplete list of projects, most of them active, which have a history of connection with the School for Designing a Society and its participants.

The Gesundheit! Institute
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
CU Citizens for Peace and Justice
American Society for Cybernetics
Allen Hall Unit One
Occupy CU
Education Justice Project
Urbana Public Arts Program
Oddmusic UC
Makerspace Urbana
CU Community Fab Lab
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Educational Resources in Environmental Science
Allied Media Conference
Haja Center (Seoul, South Korea)
La Casa Grande Collectiva
The Big Neighborhood Orchard
Urbana Permaculture Project
Dreamtime Village (Wisconsin)
Spineless Books
St. Jude Catholic Worker

apply no particular educational background is required; the prerequisite is the desire to participate in designing a society.

upcoming read about our upcoming programs and workshops in the fall, spring & summer.

courses listed both alphabetically and by topic & a number of interdisciplinary programs cross boundaries between disciplines.

what happens? designing a society is a project that intersects the formats of classroom, commune, performance ensemble, activist group.