Temporary Expert: Human Trafficking
TEMPORARY EXPERT is a class taught by Marina Zurkow at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. The class combines traditional research methods with various artists' practices. Its purpose is to bridge the gap between career expertise and superficial investigation.
I chose the topic of Human Trafficking with the intention of learning about leverage points in the advocacy and outreach landscape. This was, or became, an exercise in process and rather than a project whose focus was a particular outcome.
The most valuable takeaways were:
A. Distance from those whom you hope to benefit from your work puts everyone at a disadvantage. The networks, nuance and intangibles are essential to holistic understanding. Missing parts of that equation will affect your ability to create effectively.
B. This is not a good reason to turn away from that challenge. Misguided ideas, impractical ideas, unachievable ideas will self-regulate through conversations and resources. Doing something is usually better than doing nothing as long as it is not harmful or selfish.