Between 1 and 3 July 2019, the second Does Design Care…? workshop for academics and practitioners from various disciplines at any level of experience who are involved and/or interested in the gesture and/or practice of “Care” at large took place at Chiba University, Japan.
Does Design Care…?  followed the inaugural Does Design Care…? workshop that took place in Imagination, Lancaster University in the autumn of 2017. During the first Does Design Care…? workshop, which involved 28 researchers and practitioners from 16 nations across 5 continents, participants discussed, acted and reflected upon “Care”. These activities led to the collaborative essay – The Lancaster Care Charter, published in Design Issues, which was written in response to the vital question “Does Design Care…?”
Via a series of conversations, stimulated by a range of presentations that explored a range of provocations, insights and more questions, the group provided answers for the contemporary context of Care, “The Lancaster Care Charter” presents a collective vision and sets out new pragmatic encounters for the design of Care and the care of Design.
For Does Design Care…? , we asked our participants to consider and respond to 4 conditions for the design of possible futures of care:
- We call the first condition “Care of Complexity” – to design-with-care being sensitive and responsive to the boundaries between human and non-human (e. artefacts, animals, nature), local, global, and temporal contexts, and the value in both the commonality and diversity in post-global, post-national, and post-individual contexts.
- The second condition is “Care of the Project” – to design-with-care acknowledging the complex network of relationships between the material and immaterial, and challenging the dichotomy between human and non-human worlds. To achieve this, design must shift its existing paradigm and lead fundamental shifts in other disciplines.
- The third condition is “Care of Relations” – to design-with-care asserting that people today must repair, instead of cutting off, the relationship between people, things, environments, and ecology, not only to maintain a good balance, but also to emphasize the interdependence between these entities.
- The fourth condition about the future of care and care for the future, that we have to live with, is “Care of Carelessness”. We are inevitably careless and we need to be careful about our carelessness. To be care-full, care cannot be designed easily (e.g. into a service). Care must remain distinctive from commerce… and care cannot be an optional extra.