A new seminar in design activism was offered in the spring of 2005 at the University of Washington (see the course website here.) The course was offered in the landscape department by assistant professior Jeff Hou, who specializes in community participation and environmental planning. The website for the course includes links to the course's syllabus, which offers good ideas for readings about community activism and participatory planning.
As the course syllabus asks, "How can designers and planners become active agents in amking positive changes in the world? How can design and planning be part of social movement and environmental activism?" At the University of Washington, perhaps, that change begins wtih education and engagement with the issues at hand.