Lateral Violences: Speculating Exit Strategies within Movements

Kuo, Rachel; Mohapatra, Mon; Guzmán, Rigoberto
ACM Intercations

"Abolitionist design (AD) seeks to identify the ways violence permeates laterally across collaborative formations who are trying to dismantle oppressive systems. We have seen different networks collapse because of unresolved internal conflict. As organizers and designers concerned with building and maintaining networks, we asked how we can transmute energy when conflict arises in collaborative spaces without producing lateral violence, or displaced harm directed horizontally against each other rather than our adversaries. If conflict cannot be transformed, how do we close a network in a way that preserves good relations? How do we separate in ways that are healthy? What…"