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Education Resources

In this section we will compile links to texts and presentation that expose and explain aspects of the crisis and it’s relationship to design and designers and issues of aesthetics, education and politics.

Capitalist-RealismCapitalist Realism by Mark Fisher

After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system – a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded.

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“We need to learn this lesson as a culture. We have to place the human capacity to create at the very centre of our social and political life. Instead of treating it as a peripheral benefit of economic growth, we need to understand that our wealth only grows at the speed that we can develop our creative capacities. And we must realise that we can no longer afford to empower the creativity of the few at the cost of the many. Our systems of government, business and education must make it their mission to support the creative fulfilment of every human being.”

Sparks will fly
Infatuated by celebrity, stuck in dreary work, addicted to consumerism.
Only a creator culture can save us by Damien Walter:





Interview with Noel Douglas about Occupy Design in Desktop Magazine, Australia.

 A Brief History of Neo-Liberalism, David Harvey

 How To Escape Education’s Death Valley, Ken Robinson

“A demonstration, however much spontaneity it may contain, is a created event which arbitrarily separates itself from ordinary life. Its value is the result of its artificiality, for therein lies its prophetic, rehearsing possibilities.”

The Nature of Mass Demonstrations, John Berger 1968

An Ongoing Occupation, Occupy Design interviewed in Creative Review

The Politics of Desire and Looting Adrian Shaughnessy of Design’s role in the UK riots of 2011.

Free PDF download of Stephen Duncombe’s Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy

Stephen Duncombe, Utopia Is No Place: The Art and Politics of Impossible Futures

Design as Manipulation. Design as Emancipation

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View more presentations from EcoLabs

by Jody Boehnert from EcoLabs

David Harvey on the Crisis of Capitalism, beautifully illustrated by Cognitive Media Studios for the RSA