March 22-23, 2013
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Over the course of two quick-moving, inspirational days, some of the best thinkers in the world convened at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco to explore the cutting-edge of work surrounding resilient design in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. An incredible roster of artists, visual designers, brand strategists, interaction designers, product designers, architects, futurists, sustainability consultants, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs from across the world shared ideas and explored solutions.
Ezio Manzini, the Italian design strategist and expert in sustainable design, offered the opening keynote. Closing remarks were supplied by John Thackara, the provocative writer and thinker and founder of The Doors of Perception. Eve Blossom, founder of Lulan, and experience design pioneer and design educator Nathan Shedroff served as emcees. Additional speakers included Cheryl Heller, David McConville, Tiffany Shlain, Howard Brown, Jeff Barnum, Julie Sammons, Paul Polak, Wendy MacNaughton and Terry Irwin.
The theme for Compostmodern 2013 was Resilience. Resilient systems embrace change, rather than resisting it — they morph, bounce back, and continue to develop. They’re flexible, redundant by design and locally tuned, offering the potential to work in harmony with both our environment and our societies. Increasingly, designers are beginning to look at resilient systems as tools that can help us re-envision how to make the world work better for everyone. And some early examples of resilient design are already showing its massive potential to create changes that better the lives of people and the planet. The world is changing — fast. And the systems we rely on — ecological, political, social, educational, financial — are struggling to keep pace, crumbling under the increasing weight of these very challenging times. Accordingly, we must ask ourselves a very important question: If our present systems are struggling to adapt to change, how can we create more resilient systems that bend, but don’t break?
Videos of Compostmodern 2013 can be found below:
Jeff Barnum Train Your “Inner Abilities” for Social Change & Creative Work
John Bielenberg How To Rapidly Find Ingenious Solutions to The Greatest Challenges
Howard Brown – Designers Must Create New Ways to Deliver Wealth With Less
Cheryl Dahle The Future of Fish: How Design Spurred Market Change, Ocean Health
Alex Gilliam Let Youth And Communities Design & Build Our Future
Terry Irwin 5 Aspects of Responsible Design
Julie Kim We All Need To Be Design Activists
Madeleine Lansky MD Composting As Metaphor For Making Social Change
Ezio Manzini Design’s role in Social Innovation and Technology
Wendy McNaughten Graphic Journalism: Drawing Stories to Understand Communities
Paul Polak How Organizations Can Help People Out of Poverty Without Handouts
Julie Sammons Design Is Alive: Inspiration From Living Systems
Tiffany Shlain What Does It Mean To Be Connected in the 21st Century?
John Thackara Where Social & Living Systems Meet
Adam Werbach Can Sharing Be The New Shopping?