🦾 Inclusive Design 🦮 & Urban Preservation 🌆
Sounds Like Impact: A newsletter for audio and action
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In this edition we have a guest curation from Tosin Sulaiman, creator of Made for Us podcast and an interview with Vanessa Maria Quirk, co-host and producer of Urban Roots podcast.
ICYMI: Last week we focused on debt and what it says about our society, not the individual.
Speaking of money, Cassius Flemming—a member of the #SoundsLikeImpact community—launched a Substack () about financial literacy and his recent post Emergency Fun(d) definitely resonates after diving into my curation.
And because I clearly can’t stop talking about money, make sure to participate in The Virtual March to Retire Big Oil. If you have retirement savings, some of your funds may be invested in fossil fuels. It should go without saying at this point that we need to transition away from fossil fuels ASAP. However, if you are still skeptical, please check out, and .
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🎧 #AudioForAction Guest Curation: Tosin Sulaiman
Inclusive Design 101
If you're new to inclusive design, these episodes are a good place to start. I came across some of them while researching my podcast, Made For Us, and others after I launched the show. Lots of fascinating insights from people who've thought very deeply about how to design for often overlooked communities.
-Tosin Sulaiman, Producer of Made For Us
Be sure to stay in touch on Instagram @madeforuspodcast.
An interview with the late August De Los Reyes who argues that disability is "an outcome of design."
The Future Of, The Future of Inclusive Design
I love this quote from one of the guests in this episode: "What does inclusive design look like when it’s done right? It looks invisible."
Equal Too: Achieving Disability Equality, Design For All
This is just one episode in a six-part series that explores disability inclusion and urges businesses to focus on what people with disabilities can add to companies rather than how much they're going to spend.
99% Invisible, Episode 360: The Universal Page
A fascinating story about how blind people experience books, told by a bookworm facing the prospect of losing his vision.
Inclusion and Marketing, Episode 59: How to create an accessible brand for people with disabilities
A really helpful resource for anyone looking to build a brand or create content that is accessible.
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🚨 Calls to Action
Recommendations by Tosin Sulaiman
Read: Books on inclusive design: Mismatch by Kat Holmes; Building for Everyone by Annie Jean-Baptiste.
Listen: Made For Us Episode 9: 'No going back': lessons from P&G's product inclusion journey, with Sam Latif. An interview with P&G's first Company Accessibility Leader, who shares practical advice for companies looking to develop more inclusive products.
Vanessa Maria Quirk (she/her) was born in Spain to a Northern Irish father and a Peruvian mother, Vanessa begrudgingly grew up on Long Island, studied English literature in D.C. and Oxford, left the northern hemisphere to teach English and write about architecture in Chile, and then moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue an M.S. in Arts & Culture Journalism from Columbia University.
Vanessa is the co-host and producer of Urban Roots with Deqah Hussein (historic preservationist and urban planner). Urban Roots is a podcast that takes a deep dive into little known stories from urban history. It’s brought to you by Urbanist Media, an anti-racist community preservation organization.
What I’ve learned over time, is that historic preservation can take so many forms: I, as a storyteller, am a preservationist. Ms. Frances Tate, who has used old photographs to paint all the lost, Black-owned buildings of her neighborhood’s main street in Decatur, Alabama, is a preservationist. Ms. Claudia Polley, who encourages (and occasionally scolds) developers in Indianapolis so that they build new buildings in a way that is aesthetically sensitive to the historic fabric of her community, is a preservationist. The field is so much bigger than those with historic preservation credentials would have you believe.
I learned so much from Vanessa about historic preservation and love the impact they are having. If you are interested in supporting their upcoming season about "The Lost City of Vanport”, Urbanist Media is looking for sponsors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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