The Design Activist Institute is a Philadelphia-based, intersectional, autonomous, grassroots collective of designers working for radical, utopian resistance and building a better world.
A commitment to horizontal organization with affected communities is at the core of our approach. The Institute works with other community organizers, using strategic design thinking, investigative research, and community engagement to implement design interventions that lead to lasting, palpable change.
The Institute is currently building a series of video shorts, digital “Good Citizens” guides, a collaborative system for expanding sanctuary, guerrilla publications, various events and workshops, and collaborative social resources and community-building. The group organizes for environmental justice, refugee and immigrant rights, the rights of queer and trans people, restorative justice, feminism, racial justice, equality, fair and equal housing rights, universal health and wellbeing, worker’s rights, and against any form of hate.