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Monday, March 14 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Design Intersection - Cultural Sustainability and Civic Engagement

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Our focus is the designers’ role in combining cultural sustainability and civic engagement to find creative solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Innovative strategies, systems thinking, distributed production, open design and creative risk-taking are yielding meaningful outcomes regarding climate protection, clean mobility, renewable energy, waste reduction, and social equality. Effective utilization of social media, web based maps and the internet have made much of the world dependent on mobile communication devices, which need a constant supply of power to keep roaming. Balancing their impact, new tools such as the Kill-a-watt, energy monitor mobile apps and solar charging stations visually link users with their home/work energy consumption. Others, such as Green Map, livingprinciples.org or Treehugger, put an environmental and social perspective on local resources and developments, motivating action that benefits the commons. Designers and social entrepreneurs are forming strong communities of practice and collective identity as desire shifts toward sufficiency and well-being. Entities willing to take a creative risk and a leadership role in adopting holistic design processes are becoming the leaders of our future development. Providing tools for educators to restructure the pedagogy is essential for preparing future creators to face the challenges with sanguine, innovative solutions. Join with us on a journey towards redesigning design.

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Mouna Andraos

Co-Founder, Interaction DesignerDaily Tous Les JoursConsidering technology as a vehicle for social change, Mouna's work has been geared towards demystifying and disseminating technology. In 2010, Mouna co-founded Daily tous les jours, an interaction design studio with a focus on public... Read More →
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Beth Ferguson

director / designerSol Design LabBeth is an ecological designer, public artist and social entrepreneur. She has an MFA from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA from Hampshire College (both in ecological design and social innovation). Beth is the founding director of Sol Design... Read More →

Peter Hall

Assoc EditorCinematical

Monday March 14, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 8A

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