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RCA talks

In Session: The New Geographies of Innovation

9 June 2020 | 11am – 12pm

This event was live streamed via Zoom.

Free

Brought to you by the Short Courses & Executive Education team at the RCA.


International writer, advisor and event producer John Thackara, one of the world's leading advocates for a more sustainable approach to design, in conversation with Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the RCA. 

Thackara, founder of the Doors of Perception conference and a former Director of the Netherlands Design Institute, will explore 3 enabling conditions for system change: 

  • a capacity for ecological thinking
  • a focus on social infrastructure (rather than the concrete kind)
  • a shift of focus from place making to place connecting. 

How will this affect the work of design and designers? What role can companies play? And how can far can we go to fix a cultural disconnection between the man-made world and the biosphere? 


John Thackara, founder of the Doors of Perception conference and a former Director of the Netherlands Design Institute, will explore three enabling conditions for system change: a capacity for ecological thinking; a focus on social infrastructure (rather than the concrete kind); and a shift of focus from place making to place connecting. How will this affect the work of design and designers? What role can companies play? And how far can we go to fix a cultural disconnection between the man-made world and the biosphere? 


Professor Jeremy Myerson is the first-ever holder of the Helen Hamlyn Chair for Design. An academic, author and activist in design for more than 35 years, he began his working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of Design Week in 1986. He co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999, and his research interests focus on the role of design in social, demographic and technological change. A graduate of the RCA, Jeremy Myerson is the author of many books, chapters, papers and articles on people-centred and inclusive design. He is also director of the WORKTECH Academy and a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing and sits on the advisory boards of design institutes in Hong Kong, Switzerland and Korea. He leads Design Thinking and the Future of Work innovation masterclasses throughout the world.

Recording of the session: 


Download the Q&A, Poll questions & results here


Useful links and information shared by the panelists and attendees:

Sharing Economy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharing_economy

Benita Matofska - British leader on Sharing Economy and her recent book Generation Share: https://www.thepeoplewhoshare.com/generation-share

The Vertical University Project: https://belt-project.org/

Fureai Kippu, ‘caring currencies’ in Japan: https://monneta.org/en/fureai-kippu-caring-currencies-in-japan/

The Earth Project about repurposing a quarry in Snowdonia: https://theearthproject.world/north-wales-hub/

Rutger Bregman's book: 'Humankind: A Hopeful History'

John Thackara’s books: "Design After Modernism", “In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World”, "How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today"