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A Collective Win-State for the Community and the Players: Facilitating a Co-Creative Design Process with the Boston Ujima Project, 2019

Identifier: cm_2019summer_nielsen_leandra.pdf

Scope and Content Note

From the Series:

The series contains digital Master's theses perdominately from 2018 to present, however there are some older theses from 2010 and 2016. The theses consist of either a production book and a media component or solely a production book. The media components were originally submitted on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and changed to digital submissions in 2020.


  • 2019


Conditions Governing Use

The thesis is restricted due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), permission from the author is required before you can view the thesis


139 pages (139 pages)

Language of Materials

From the record group: English

From the record group: Chinese

From the record group: Spanish; Castilian


"Within one of the nation's most racially segregated cities, the Boston Ujima Project is an organization that feels a sense of urgency and responsibility to unlock the innovation potential trapped in Boston's poverty-stricken communities. The Boston Ujima Project operates with a paradoxical joyful militancy (bergman, Montgomery, 2017) to redistribute the financial power to communities of color who have been long displaced.​ This thesis explores how a community and organization-driven design process, centering the voices of the disempowered individuals powering it, can unlock civic imagination (Jenkins, et. al, 2016) to motivate marginalized voices to value abundance over scarcity, feel empowered as experts in their lived experiences, and be moved to civic participation through a tabletop card game. To illustrate the importance of human-centered design, this thesis demonstrates how value-driven designers utilize an emergent strategy approach (brown, 2018) to produce an emancipatory learning (Freire, 1970) experience in a group setting. Our ultimate goal was to create meaningful interactions for members of a growing movement to return wealth to working class communities of color." -- Abstract

Physical Location

RG 010.06E Engagement Lab

Physical Description

139 pages

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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