Rashid Owoyele* is a Nigerian-American Transdisciplinary Designer and Social Innovation expert born in St. Louis, Missouri. Rashid holds a Master of Fine Arts in Transdisciplinary Design, from Parsons The New School for Design (2013), and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Ethics & Design with a minor and certificate in Environmental Science and Health in Public Health, from Indiana University (2010).
Rashid, in addition to being a Scientific Research Associate at the Weizenbaum Institute, is a senior-level consultant in social innovation and has taught students in 8 countries from interdisciplinary backgrounds (MBAs, BAs, MFAs, and MAs) in courses and professional programs including but not limited to the following: History of World Urbanism II and Social Justice and Design, Parsons The New School for Design. Ideation and Innovation, University of Cincinnati. Participatory and Transformation Design, Design-Led Innovation, and Social Innovation at Design Akademie Berlin.
They* joined the Weizenbaum Institute in February of 2020. As part of Owoyele’s role at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK), they will explore the implications of cooperative principles in the future networked society – including platform cooperativism and the conditions conducive to distributed ownership of ethical production.
*As a non-binary gender identified person, Rashid prefers to avoid gendered pronouns. Please refer to Owoyele using as they, them, theirs or simply Rashid.