Upcoming OPEN Lectures



Li Jönsson

Wednesday, 4th May 2016

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Design encounters with non-human others

Design is argued to be a practice committed to proposing new forms of life (Ingold, 2015). But at times where issues such how human activity is threatening biodiversity and is argued to cause severe climate change, we are constantly battling with how we practice our living as more sustainable. It can be argued that climate change is one example of unintentional design – an unintended side effect from our practices of living. This articulates one of our current conditions of ecological complexities by highlighting how nature and culture are intertwined – at the same time invisible.

Bruno Latour (2008) says, ecology is not about nature but concerns the way we live – what he (referring to Peter Sloterdijk) calls breathable, liveable, atmospheres. He directly relates this as a challenge for design, to create the conditions of cohabitation and designing new spaces to breathe. Because, if we are to assume that the environment is something to be artificially produced it is a matter for design.

If design proposes new forms of life, how can we (better) practice living together with and through nature/culture complexities?

In this talk, Li will attempt to exemplify one possible ‘new spaces of co-habitation’ through the project Urban Animals and Us (2013) that formed part of her thesis work. The explorative project concerns taking nonhuman worlds seriously by constructing technologies of reciprocity – and stakes out the contours of what a non-anthropocentric position in design might be and look like. In extension of this, she will further sketch on this position and open up for discussion of where her future research practice is heading.

When: Weds, May 4th – 5-6pm

Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-li-jonsson-tickets-21818857791

Past OPEN Lectures



Li Jönsson

Wednesday, 4th May 2016

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Design encounters with non-human others

Design is argued to be a practice committed to proposing new forms of life (Ingold, 2015). But at times where issues such how human activity is threatening biodiversity and is argued to cause severe climate change, we are constantly battling with how we practice our living as more sustainable. It can be argued that climate change is one example of unintentional design – an unintended side effect from our practices of living. This articulates one of our current conditions of ecological complexities by highlighting how nature and culture are intertwined – at the same time invisible.

Bruno Latour (2008) says, ecology is not about nature but concerns the way we live – what he (referring to Peter Sloterdijk) calls breathable, liveable, atmospheres. He directly relates this as a challenge for design, to create the conditions of cohabitation and designing new spaces to breathe. Because, if we are to assume that the environment is something to be artificially produced it is a matter for design.

If design proposes new forms of life, how can we (better) practice living together with and through nature/culture complexities?

In this talk, Li will attempt to exemplify one possible ‘new spaces of co-habitation’ through the project Urban Animals and Us (2013) that formed part of her thesis work. The explorative project concerns taking nonhuman worlds seriously by constructing technologies of reciprocity – and stakes out the contours of what a non-anthropocentric position in design might be and look like. In extension of this, she will further sketch on this position and open up for discussion of where her future research practice is heading.

When: Weds, May 4th – 5-6pm

Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-li-jonsson-tickets-21818857791

Jessica Tribbe

Tuesday, 26th Apr 2016

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UNICEF Product Innovation: Driving innovation for development and emergency response:

UNICEF’s mandate is to ensure the rights and well-being of the children of the world, with a particular focus on those most vulnerable and hard to reach. In 2014, UNICEF procured nearly $3 billion USD in supplies to support the implementation of programmes and emergency response in developing countries around the world. These supplies range from vaccines and medicines, to school supplies, to water treatment and basic hygiene products. The UNICEF Innovation Unit aims to develop new products or improve existing products that will support UNICEF programmes and, ultimately, improve the lives of children.

Jessica Tribbe, a consultant with UNICEF, will share how the Innovation Unit aims to communicate the unique needs and requirements for low-resources settings and emergency contexts to the private sector and academia.
She will discuss some of the challenges, and opportunities, in developing fit-for-purpose products for complex markets.

Jessica is currently a consultant for UNICEF’s Product Innovation team, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She focuses on driving development of product innovations in water and sanitation, and on building internal processes for innovation within the organization. While working for UNICEF, Jessica has worked in both Kenya and Uganda, where she tested new products with local communities and governments.

Jessica received her Master of Public Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris. She previously worked on both mHealth and women’s empowerment projects in India, as well as national-level political campaigns in the U.S.

When: Tuesday, April 26th – 5-6pm

Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

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Camille DePutter

Tuesday, 12th Apr 2016

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The Creative Power of Personal Storytelling

Design, like other creative and innovative work, requires us to re-think and re-imagine the world around us. But what assumptions and beliefs — what stories — are we holding onto without realizing it? What if we could unlock new ways of thinking, imagining and innovating, without limits?

That’s what storytelling can help us do. 

We are all storytellers — whether we know it or not. And the most powerful stories are the ones we believe about ourselves, even without realizing it. These stories can help us make sense of the world and relate to each other. They can also hold us back.

When we are able to challenge and engage with our own “self stories” — essentially re-writing them — we open up new avenues of creative investigation. We discover new ways of thinking about ourselves, others, and the world we share. This in turn creates opportunities to imagine, explore, gather inspiration and see things from new perspectives.

In this lecture Camille will introduce us to the art of storytelling and narrative revision. She will explore how personal storytelling can be a superpower in our professional lives. And she’ll provide practical storytelling techniques, including how to identify internal scripts and stories, and methods for re-writing them with new meaning and possibility. 

Bio

Camille DePutter is a professional storyteller who specializes in helping people tell their own, true stories. A lifelong writer and a seasoned communications professional, Camille runs Storytelling with Heart: a communications consulting and publishing business that helps people share their authentic, meaningful stories with the world. Her book, Share Your Story, guides individuals through the process of personal storytelling. Once hesitant to share her own story, Camille is now an author, candid speaker and an advocate for everyone who has a story inside them. www.camilledeputter.com

When: Tue, April 12th – 5-6pm

Where:
CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

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John Thackara

Tuesday, 15th Mar 2016

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Life’s Work: Thriving In The Next Economy

In his inspiring new book, How To Thrive In the Next Economy, the founder of Doors of Perception draws on a lifetime of travel in search of real-world alternatives that work – from earth repair, to social farming. He describes these projects as ‘signals of transformation’, and argues a that new economy is emerging in which soils, biodiversity and watersheds get healthier, and communities more resilient. Its core value is stewardship, not extraction. The explosion of new economy models all around the world – Sharing. Peer-to-Peer. Commons’ ownership. Bioregions. Local money. Transition is further support for a joyful new story about what an economy is actually for.

John Thackara is a philosopher, writer and event producer who has spent a lifetime searching for live examples of what a sustainable future can be like. He writes about these stories at his blog, Doors of Perception, and in books; his most recent is How To Thrive In the Next Economy http://www.doorsofperception.com/thackarathrive/

When: Tue, March 15th – 5-6pm

Where:
CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

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Massimo Banzi

Monday, 14th Mar 2016

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The co-founder of the Arduino project, Massimo Banzi, will share words of wisdom related to the world of physical computing.

Massimo has worked on many interaction design project for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. Massimo is CTO of Tinker.it. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea (IDII) as Associate Professor.

Massimo has taught workshops and presented at many institutions including: Architectural Association – London, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam.

Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect, both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.

When: Mon, March 14th – 5-6pm

Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

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