Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Better World

Mark your calendars if you are in the New England area this weekend.
RISD Press release below:

Providence, RI to host annual “A Better World by Design” Conference
October 2-4, 2009

Rhode Island School of Design & Brown Students Create International Community of Social & Environmental Change.

Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will invite a global community of innovative thinkers, professionals, and students to Providence, RI to explore, share, and create experiences of social and environmental design. This three-day internationally acclaimed conference, now in its second year, “A Better World by Design” (
www.abetterworlddesign.com) will be held October 2-4, 2009 on the campuses of Brown and RISD in Providence, RI. Nearly 500 guests from around the world will gather to discuss innovative approaches and solutions to extreme poverty, access to basic resources, environmental degradation, the future of our infrastructure, and the design of our societies in order to create a better way of life. Global leaders from the fields of architecture, design, engineering, economics, entr epreneurship, environmental studies, business, politics, and global development will converge during this conference to discuss the critical role of design as an integrative application to improve the world and its inhabitants.
“Art and design have a powerful role in this universe – to take all of the complexity in our world and make sense of it on a human scale,” said RISD President John Maeda. “This collaboration between RISD and Brown is just one example of the difference we can make."

And I will be joining this inspiring group as an invited panelist: "Green Consumer Products", Friday, October 2 at 11:30 am at the RISD Museum. Lisle Room
Matt Grigsby, Ecolect, pvd@ecolect.net
Rosanne Somerson, RISD Furniture Dept, rsomerso@risd.edu
Dawn Oliveira, Oliveira Textiles, info@oliveiratextiles.com

See you there.

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