👋🏻 Hi, I’m Oren Robinson. My pronouns are he or they, and I live on stolen Kumeyaay land, also known as san diego, california.
My family descends from English, Jewish, Celtic, and Germanic european settlers arriving on Turtle Island in the 1600s through the 1800s. I was raised on occupied Haudenosaunee land in so-called central and western new york state by a joint-custody family of activists, artists and dropouts.
The rest of this page is mainly about my design work.
I had early access to internet technology because of my family's proximity to the US military. I built my first website in high school, and my family also helped me to apply to college.
In college, I studied computer science, and learned much more. My fellow students challenged me to confront patriarchy and white supremacy: both the ways those systems shape things at a large scale, as well as how they manifest in my own relationships.
During my time in college, I took courses and worked in mainland China for 2 years, immersed in other languages as a white US citizen in Shanghai, rural Sichuan, and Beijing.
Since then, for the past 12 years, I've spent more and more time contributing software, graphics and communications support in cooperative and consensus-based projects for community-building and systems change work.
Over these years, I have adopted a design justice approach. This means I support group-centered design processes in service of anti-violence and anti-oppression work, usually as an active member or supporter of a grassroots project, cooperative, open source team, nonprofit, political campaign or mutual aid network, etc.
I envision a world of healthy societal decay: with no borders, with land back, with care not cages, abolition of prisons and policing, free Palestine, reparations, healing for survivors, and an end to violence, patriarchy, capitalism and all systems of oppression.