The What Design Can Do conference celebrates the power of design and its problem-solving abilities. This two-day event in Amsterdam exposes design as a catalyst of change and innovation and a way of addressing the societal questions of our time.
LOCALISM, CONNECTIVITY AND SHARING? Designers are facing new opportunities at a time when the world is experiencing a new wave of social initiatives. This cultural movement, that has been called “sustainism,” is emerging around sharing, connectivity, sustainability and a resurgence of localism. We debate what this new perspective implies for the social design agenda and the “responsible designer.” What does the future of “sustainist design” look like?
In this breakout session, we will exchange and discuss taking the recently published Sustainist Design Guide as our starting point (The guide will have its first public appearance at WDCD). With project M initiator John Bielenberg, social designer and Master student at Design Academy Eindhoven Ben Landau, and co-creator of the Sustainism Manifesto Michiel Schwarz. Moderated by Saskia van Stein (artistic director of NAiM/Bureau Europa).