Exploring the Link Between Co-Design and Our Everyday Practice

Kate Mytty

Created 11/10/2016


On Thursday, November 10th, Kate Mytty of the MIT D-Lab, hosts the M&E Thursday Talk series to lead a discussion on “Exploring the Link Between Co-Design and Our Everyday Practice.”

M&E Thursday Talk – Exploring the Link Between Co-Design and Our Everyday Practice from DME for Peace on Vimeo.


Though the call for participation and co-design in the development of technologies, physical spaces, regulations and rules, and various programs is not new, it is increasingly popular. As practitioners, we have an opportunity (and a responsibility) to insure our work supports equitable processes and outcomes. This session is an introduction to the link between participation and co-design and our everyday practice. It will explore the concept of co-design, its proposed value, and resources that are useful for practitioners interested in utilizing co-design.

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About the Speaker:

Kate Mytty holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from MIT, teaches at MIT D-Lab, and runs the MIT CREATE program. She is also part of the organizing team for Build Peace.  

At D-Lab, she co-teaches a class on inclusive waste management and this spring, will co-pilot a class on new economies exploring more just and sustainable economies. She is interested in how do we shift our perception of value to be more inclusive. Through her work, she is interested in the dynamics between formal and informal actors in developing and managing city systems for waste, transportation, housing, water and sanitation — and especially for livelihoods.  

Her interest in community-based work stems from working with a waste picker cooperative in Pune, India; Burmese refugees in Milwaukee; the collaborative design public space tools for self-built settlements in Medellin, Colombia; and teaching entrepreneurship to youth in India, Turkey and the United States.

Kate is on the Board of Advisors for the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge, a program with over 80 student-led teams annually working in over 30 countries on improving access to and quality of water, energy, education and much more.  Kate is also on the Advisory Council for Global Minimum, a non-profit organization that encourages young people in Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa to learn to be designers and contributors in their communities.

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