Open Lecture: Dianna Miller

Tuesday, 20th Aug 2019

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Are We Ready to Design for Alternative Economies?

It is estimated that nearly 30% of the US population over the age of 65 is “aging alone” without the support of local family. Community-based economic models—where seniors are socially connected and can maintain reciprocal, trusted relationships—could lessen the burdens to care organizations and resulting costs to society. As creators of new potentialities, how might designers add value to initiatives aimed at addressing social-systems challenges such as this?

Transition Design is an area of scholarly inquiry that proposes how to design for alternative socio-economic and political paradigms. Designers will need to adopt new knowledge, skills, and awareness to demonstrate rigor when working alongside experts in the social sciences and adjacent fields if we are to meaningfully contribute to research and project work of this nature. This talk explores examples of challenges that aging individuals face, opportunities for design to add value to senior care initiatives, and roles that designers might assume as contributors to the development of new community-based models of care.

Dianna Miller is an associate professor in the School of Design at Syracuse University.  From 2012-2014, she was a design strategist on innovation teams at Fidelity Labs, an applied research unit of Fidelity Investments and a corporate fellow of the Stanford d.School. During that time, she became interested in the complexities of designing services that support individuals’ transformations over the life course. She is currently conducting design research looking at how to support stronger interdependent community connections among aging adults in Central New York State.

When: Tues. August 20th 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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