Clients: Participedia and Simon Fraser University Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi)
Dates: June 4-10, 2023

The CERi-Participedia Summer School organized under the theme “Radical Democracy”, brought together leading experts, researchers and graduate students and community leaders, activists and practitioners for a week of workshops, discussion, dialogue, community events and field trips. Participants joined from the social sciences, including political science, political philosophy, media and communications, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, economics, environment and related disciplines. Participants, along with the summer school team and invited guests, explored what it means to radically re-imagine, research and practice democracy in their communities and in everyday life.

I played a key organizing role through Participedia, co-producing the event along with CERi Lead, Joanna Ashworth, CERi Research Coordinator, Tara Mahoney, and Participedia RA Etienne Cardin-Trudeau. 

Contributing to our communications strategy, I suggested that Tara Mahoney produce a collage graphic as a backdrop for the summer school promotional materials. I photographed Tara’s collage and digitized her hand lettering to produce a feature image for the event, as well as screenprinted, splatter painted T-shirts! Building on the “radical” aesthetic, I produced a short promotional video︎︎︎, along with a large collection of colourful graphics for each day of the summer school. Both Participedia and SFU CERi contributed to a successful social media campaign.

Finally, I co-produced and facilitated a two-part co-design workshop on days 3 and 6 of the summer school titled “Art, Design & Revolution: Co-designing Radically Democratic Futures“ with Tara Mahoney, SFU CERi, and Justin Langlois, Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

Download the Summary Report here︎︎︎

Download the full syllabus here︎︎︎

Download my Radical Democracy poster 11x17 for print here︎︎︎ (shown below)


Jesi Carson Creative 2024
Unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations
[aka] Vancouver, BC, Canada