Friday, July 24

Are You a Hybrid? Design as an Agent of Social Change

25th September ’09

IIDEX Conference Direct Energy Centre, Toronto

For this year’s IIDEX conference, NewYork based designer Stephen Burks will give the keynote address discussing the notion of design as an agent of social change.

As one of the most sought-after industrial designers of his generation, Burks continues to use every project opportunity to bridge the gap between luxury brands and his passionate commitment to design with a conscience. His cross-disciplinary approach and his collaborations with artisans in the developing world are the hallmarks of his hybrid practice.

As he puts it, "the excesses of the last two decades, resulting from the proliferation of goods, continue to have disastrous consequences for the planet." This global crisis offers an opportunity for design practitioners of every stripe to interact meaningfully with visionaries in business, science, the arts, social work and public policy, and to play a powerful new role in the transformation of our shared reality and emerging future. In his keynote, Burks will explore hybrid design as an agent of social change.

IIDEX CONFERENCE - 23rd - 26th September ’09 Registration is Free before 15th September.

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