I’ll be talking about the past decade of work at CKS, about what we’ve learned about what design can and cannot do, about our recent conversations with the TU Delft about going Beyond Design into areas of innovation and innovation management, and what kinds of change we need to bring about in India. Of course, recurring themes about what design means in an emerging economy, how to think about design in post-industrial terms, and the relations between visual and other forms of imagination and thought will all be in the mix.
I’ll be joined by Lorraine Gamman and Adam Thorpe, who’ve done some very interesting work on design against crime. The format calls for a loose presentation of thoughts by each of us, followed by unstructured interactions and questions from the audience followed by dinner with the speakers. Rather civilized, it seems.
Given increased uses of social media and presentation technologies, I’m seeing two large trends in the format of design and innovation events: One is more structured and visual in quality, more like Pecha-Kuchas and TED talks. The other is more unstructured and conversational in nature, more like Design Publics. I’m thinking one was in the ascendant in the noughties, and the other has taken shape in the teens of this century. More updates as time unfurls.