Midterm - Initial Ideation


How do the seemingly small moments create immense impact?

Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.


What are some examples of these aggressions? 


We want to:

Give a push towards acknowledging these every day aggressions and provide the tools to constructively intervene within in them.


Where do we see these aggressions expressed? Who is in that place?


Who are the people and what are they doing on the train?


What builds the physical environment of a train?

  • Seats

  • Windows

  • Maps

  • Lights

  • Poles

  • Railing

  • Ads

  • Doors

  • Station Map

  • Automated Announcments

  • Conductor

  • Door ding


Some considerations and some questions.

How do you make the user feel safe with exercising a larger level of vulnerability?

How do you balance and navigate the convergence of public space and private space that exists on the train?

How does ownership of the space work on a train? Who owns it and why do they feel that way?



What are the steps to understanding your power and taking responsibility?

  • Look the problem in the eye, be real about what is happening

  • Acknowledge personal agency and power within the situation 

  • Have a strong foundation (practice and guidance)

  • A clear set of tools to continue to work with 


What are some possible ways to tackle this?

1) A large scale public reenactment

Staging examples of these microaggressions on the train - - - - - > playing with scale to show just how much impact these moments hold - - - - - > starting with one incident, where we usually just remain in our bubbles and let it end - - - - - > multiply the incidents happening on the train more and more until there are dozens of microaggression moments occurring at once.


2) An in person game / educational toolkit



3) A redesign of the spaces within the train

How does the environment and layout of the train change the way we interact with one another? How do we bring a way of thinking that allows us to stand up to microaggressions in other spaces to this space?


4) An interactive digital toolkit




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