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Social Design Sydney

Designing with Community


$17 - $28 AUD + BF

$17 - $28 AUD + BF

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Social Design Sydney

Designing with Community

Date and Time

Tue 5th Mar, 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm


UTS Tower, Building 1, CB.01.22.10, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway
Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia

Event description

How might Design practices function as inclusive strategies to support Community participation in design and development of community focussed initiatives?

Too often, people with little understanding of their contexts make decisions that affect people and communities. Three speakers will present projects where inclusive strategies have been used to support Community participation in design and development of place-based initiatives that affect them.

Jax Wechsler will present a place-based project where she worked with an indigenous run NGO in Lismore to engage community to support community-led initiatives within a social housing estate. She utilised co-design, Asset-Based Community Development and Systems Thinking approaches for this work. 

David Lilley and Mitra Gusheh will discuss GlebeConnected who are a group of passionate individuals and organisations who share the goal of a socially sustainable Glebe. They are drawing on collective impact, strengths based community work, appreciative inquiry, and co-design to develop projects relating to ageing, early childhood development, and the transition from primary to high school. David and Mitra will talk about the formative stage of the initiative, including the methods used, the challenges that needed to be overcome, and progress to date.


NB ticket costs covers drinks, light refreshments and video for our database at

Speaker Bios

David Lilley from Holos Consulting

David has spent nearly twenty years working on place-based initiatives that seek to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. This has included initiatives branded as community development, service coordination, social planning, place management, and collective impact. David is currently Senior Advisor Community Impact at United Way Australia, an Associate at Collaboration for Impact, and Principal Consultant at Holos Consulting.

Mitra Gusheh from University of Technology Sydney

Mitra is the Manager, Social Impact at the University of Technology Sydney. In her current role, Mitra led the process for developing the UTS Social Impact Framework and is establishing the Social Impact Lab – a space through which the university responds to community-driven challenges. Mitra's practice builds on over 15 years of experience across the social sector and the design profession. She has worked for a range of local and international not for profit organisations, where she has been responsible for the strategic design and development of large-scale social change programs and their implementation. This includes the establishment of Oxfam Australia’s national youth program, the design and implementation of an advocacy program on child rights in Sri Lanka, and the design and implementation of an ICT project in partnership with UNESCO based in Nepal.

Jax Wechsler from Sticky Design Studio

Jax is passionate about the potential for design to enable better futures for people and the planet. She is an accomplished human-centred designer with over 15 years' professional experience within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Passionate about the value of human-centred design for social impact, Jax founded a community of practice, Social Design Sydney which aims to create conversation about social design. Jax shares her expertise and passion for design and social impact by providing co-design consulting services as Sticky Design Studio, writing, lecturing, and convening masterclasses and events for Social Design Sydney.


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