Why Home Liberation?
Home Liberation is a project led by David Week, an architect with a broad intercultural experience of how people use their buildings. His team write and speak around Australia, sharing how your home influences your life – for better or worse – and how you can take charge. It’s like therapy, for your home.
We hope that by talking to each other, and sharing our discoveries, you can liberate your home from its old hangups and live a life you want.
A book and online course are well underway, supported by talks and workshops with the likes of Melbourne Free University and Laneway Learning. If you’d like us to speak at your event, please get in touch. Otherwise, you can find us on social media: on twitter, facebook and LinkedIn.
Why does this matter?
After thirty years of working in international development, David had a lightbulb moment – homes offered a much clearer picture of a country’s development than impersonal metrics like GDP. Step over the hearth, and you get a much more holistic picture: do the children have a desk? Is there evidence of discretionary spending?
This impression was cemented by Marilyn Waring’s groundbreaking feminist documentary Who’s Counting? Sex, Lies and Global Economics, which threw light on our upside-down economic system. When the GDP recognises McDonalds and nannies, but not a home-cooked meal or parenting at home, this ignores the engine that keeps our system running – our home lives.
If the work done at home was recognised in the GDP, would we study relationships and work/life balance at university alongside maths and economics? Understanding this importance is the first step towards a more equal, sustainable and fulfilled world.
When he’s not thinking about home therapy, David works at the nexus of culture, infrastructure and international development, with thirty years’ experience in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to his role as a thought leader at Cities by Citizens and Director of urban innovators CoDesign Studio, he leads infrastructure and evaluation group Assai Consult. With Assai, David designs and delivers culturally-appropriate infrastructure programmes for groups as disparate as AusAID and the World Bank, Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander communities, corporate workplaces and resource companies.