A week like no other
One year on, what have we learned?
We are interested in the state of our practice and of the world around us:
- We are increasingly divided, disoriented and exploitable
- Privacy, trust, and truthfulness are in peril
- Societal inequalities have been laid bare
- Climate disruptions are escalating
- Dark patterns are rampant — often by design.
Today, as we look beyond the immediate perils of the pandemic, there is space for new conversations. We see evidence that:
- Resilient communities embrace ambiguity;
- We must redesign systems and structures based on the new essentials; and
- In response to the fragility revealed around us, the best leaders take care of the team and themselves.
These are the stories that are grounded in the last year and look beyond to imagine how action can create change.
Non-human bits of intelligence, decentralized organizations, virtual real estate. Climate emergencies, the shift of physical presence, and a general sense of uncertainty. All of this may sound mildly intimidating, but it is a cosmic chance for us designers to use our power. How can we shape less-boring yet sustainable futures? Are we at the end of human-centered design? Will machines ever take our creative jobs? This and many more unanswered questions in this organic breakfast opening talk.
With humanity at the helm as the chief designer, we have for generations successfully engineered a very destructive and unjust world for living in. The current Global Pandemic most definitely heightened our awareness of thriving inequalities, and our disconnect across all levels of society, with nature and our immediate environments. But as an intelligent species, we are equally capable of designing the exact opposite if change is driven with wisdom instead. Join us for an insightful perspective of the world and explore why Creative Intelligence is a superpower to design a future where people and planet can thrive.
Our work requires us to be up and close with the messiness and complexity of what it means to be human and yet, there are not enough conversations about the impact that has on us as professionals, the struggles of advancing this work within capitalistic systems, and the unique workplace difficulties we encounter within them. Let’s learn how to overcome them together.
The pandemic has collapsed our boundaries between work and home. And ignited new conversations around inclusion and equity. We’ll talk about what it means to be human-centred in these challenging times.