Our Vision

Liberation: a world made of thriving communities where everyone has access to health, healing, love, growth, and every kind of wealth. In these communities, people experience belonging, exercise their full agency and power, and collectively co-design the future they seek.

Our Mission

We support social sector leaders to bring their visions of equity to life. We train people in Liberatory Design which combines the innovative potential of design thinking, the systemic lens of complexity theory, and the healing powers of equity practices to redesign how they work and live. Equipped with new ways of seeing, being, and doing, these leaders design for equity internally in their organizations and externally, strengthening relationships and sharing power with communities they wish to support. We live this Mission by building new cutting-edge curriculum as a thought leader in the Equity Design field and through direct engagements with our partners.

We make design decisions every day. If we are making decisions on auto-pilot, we might unintentionally reproduce the inequity we seek to disrupt. We use Liberatory Design to build intention and mindfulness into how we design, seeking to align our impact with our intentions. - Tania Anaissie, Founder and CEO, Beytna Design

Our Values

We subscribe to the design principles created by the Design Justice Network.

  1. We use design to sustain, heal, and empower our communities, as well as to seek liberation from exploitative and oppressive systems.

  2. We center the voices of those who are directly impacted by the outcomes of the design process.

  3. We prioritize design’s impact on the community over the intentions of the designer.

  4. We view change as emergent from an accountable, accessible, and collaborative process, rather than as a point at the end of a process.

  5. We see the role of the designer as a facilitator rather than an expert.

  6. We believe that everyone is an expert based on their own lived experience, and that we all have unique and brilliant contributions to bring to a design process.

  7. We share design knowledge and tools with our communities.

  8. We work towards sustainable, community-led and -controlled outcomes.

  9. We work towards non-exploitative solutions that reconnect us to the earth and to each other

  10. Before seeking new design solutions, we look for what is already working at the community level. We honor and uplift traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge and practices.