BSC Builds: Action Theatre for Public Policy Challenges & Civic Engagement


Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Taubman 520

dancers blurred by motion on a stagePresenter: Arianna Mazzeo, Visiting Professor, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

About the Workshop: Policymakers and citizens are struggling with big structural and complex problems such as climate change, cultural, economic and social inequality and the education gap between represented and underrepresented communities. In this workshop you will learn how to identify systemic challenges starting with your personal experience. Then in a group you will act and perform your challenge in a process of co-creation process with open-ended interpretations toward possible outcomes. You will learn how to understand performative behavior and decision-making for public policy challenges embodied by the problems and find outer creative expressions of co-production. Agency, Responsibility, and Civic Engagement will be the design principles to guide you in the experiential learning by doing through the body and the mind, toward a transformation. Come ready to engage and dress comfortably.

About the Presenter: Arianna introduces innovative design research and experimental pedagogies for social change. Through action theatre and multidisciplinary creative practice, she mobilizes systemic change to activate new pedagogies, addressing complex societal challenges and co-learning within underrepresented communities and place. She has worked in Cameroon, Mexico, Turkey, Armenia, and South Africa on social digital innovation programs and local government policy agenda, in order to re-design and re-think design education.