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Ron Eglash: Designing for Generative Justice

A group of people pose joyfully for the camera holding small wood models and brightly colored fabric.
Arti­sans and entre­pre­neurs from the Cre­ativ­ity Group in Kumasi, Ghana pose for a photo with pro­fes­sor Eglash dur­ing his 2019 visit. Photo cour­tesy the Cre­ativ­ity Group. 

Stu­dents in Stamps Pro­fes­sor Ron Eglash’s Design for Gen­er­a­tive Jus­tice class work closely with arti­sans and entre­pre­neurs in Kumasi, Ghana, explor­ing what it means to build — and keep — value in a com­mu­nity. The class and the projects related to it are a demon­stra­tion of Eglash’s work around gen­er­a­tive jus­tice,” as fea­tured in a new U‑M Arts & Cul­tures arti­cle.

While the idea of a cir­cu­lar econ­omy is com­mon for envi­ron­men­tal value, there is often lit­tle atten­tion paid to labor and social value,” said Eglash, who is a pro­fes­sor at Stamps and the U‑M School of Infor­ma­tion. The goal of the class is for stu­dents to explore what it might mean to allow all of those ele­ments to cycle value back to the grass­roots cre­atives, whether those are peo­ple, plants or other agents of generativity.”

From Michi­gan to Ghana: Design­ing for Gen­er­a­tive Jus­tice | Arts & Culture

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