YOKO AKAMA (RMIT UNIVERSITY)
'THE DARK SIDE OF HCD: DANGERS OF EMPATHY, TRAUMA, AND ALTRUISM' (2018)
A panel discussion by Ash Alluri, Sasha Abram, and Penny Hagen to grapple with the darker dimensions of human-centred design. It will become a podcast for the 'HCD Chat Over Cheese & Wine' series of candid discussions, led by Yoko Akama for the Masters of Design Futures (RMIT), that navigates through some of the challenging and contested dimensions of human-centred design.
Yoko undertakes research to explore the role and agency of design to address social issues, which she integrates with her teaching. Her expertise is in human-centred design to facilitate communication, engagement and co-creation with people that can lead to transformative change.