Design to Improve Society and the Environment

Explore design’s role in creating a more resilient world, with some of the world’s leading designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, architects and more. Fast-moving, reasonably priced, and loaded with actionable, inspiring insights, Compostmodern is a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in the cutting-edge of sustainability and design.

Some of the speakers you’ll hear from:

  • Adam Werbach

    Founder, Yerdle

    Friday, 22 March | 4:00PM - 4:17PM

    Adam Werbach is the co-founder of the sharing start-up yerdle (www.yerdle.com). A lifelong organizer, at age 23 Werbach was elected the youngest-ever President of the Sierra Club. He went on to create the media and strategy company Act Now, which he sold to the Publicis Groupe, becoming the Chief Sustainability Officer for Saatchi & Saatchi.

    Twice elected to the International Board of Greenpeace, Werbach is a frequent commentator on sustainable business, serves as the sustainability correspondent for The Atlantic.com.

    He spent ten years creating a feature film on the rise of Indie Rock, entitled This Is Noise Pop! Rolling Stone Magazine called it one of the 7 best music documentaries of 2011. It has only been shown once. He tweets at @adamwerbach

  • Eve Blossom

    Eve Blossom, Founder Lulan Artisans and we've

    Friday, 22 March | 09:00 AM - 09:25 AM

    Eve Blossom is the Founder of Lulan Artisans and we’ve. Eve's twenty-five years' experience in design, early-stage technology firms, international business, nonprofit and social ventures led her to founding Lulan Artisans and then we’ve. After earning her master's degree in Architecture from Tulane University,
    she practiced at Gensler in Los Angeles. She then spent two years in Vietnam restoring French villas for such clients as Price Waterhouse and Chase Manhattan.

    It was during Blossom's time in Vietnam that she found the roots of her calling. Traveling throughout Southeast Asia, she became passionate about local
    hand-woven textiles. She recognized that the superb talents of the master weavers combined with a social venture model could create a strong economic
    engine to fuel systemic social change.

  • Wendy MacNaughton

    Illustrator, Graphic Journalist

    Friday, 22 March | 4:33PM - 4:43PM

    Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her drawings appear in publications like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Print Magazine. Her documentary series Meanwhile uses the tools of illustration, social work and ethnographic research to tell the stories of communities through drawings and the subject's own words. An anthology of these stores is being published by Chronicle Books in 2014. She's illustrated two other forthcoming books: Lost Cat, A True Story of Love, Desperation & GPS Technology, by Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton (Bloomsbury, 2013) and The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Wine, by Richard Betts (Houghton Mifflin, 2013).

    She has degrees in fine art/advertising and social work from Art Center College of Design and Columbia University. When they let her, she likes to talk with students at Art Center College of Design, and she is an artist in residence at Intersection for the Arts.

  • Paul Polak

    Founder, D-Rev Design Revolution

    Friday, 22 March | 2:00PM - 2:17PM

    Dr. Paul Polak is the Founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture with the mission of leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day.

    He has also founded D-Rev: Design Revolution, a design incubator for technologies that serve poor customers; and International Development Enterprises, which has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest out of poverty by making radically affordable technology available through local entrepreneurs and markets.

    Dr. Paul Polak is the author of Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, which has become a renowned resource for practical solutions to global poverty.

    D-Rev Design Revolution http://www.d-rev.org/
    iDE International Development Enterprises http://www.ideorg.org/
    Out of Poverty, What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail http://www.paulpolak.com/
  • Madeleine Lansky

    Psychoanalytic Psychiatrist and Organizational Consultant

    Friday, 22 March | 10:00AM - 10:10AM

    Madeleine Lansky, MD practices psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the SF Bay Area, with a special emphasis on organizational consultation that addresses the
    unconscious dynamics which prevent the creation of meaningful change.

    She works with government agencies, businesses, artists, families, schools and hospitals to actualize their visions for resilient ecological, economic and social systems. Madeleine thinks of composting not only in the literal sense, but also as a metaphoric process in which difficulties are digested and reworked into resolutions. She contributed to work in Haiti on ecological sanitation, and developed a course at Occupy SF called "Composting Anger." She loves design, the arts, and nature.

  • Ezio Manzini

    Design Strategist, Founder DESIS Network

    Friday, 22 March | 9:25AM - 9:55AM

    Ezio Manzini has been working for more than two decades in the field of design for sustainability, with a special focus on social innovation. On this topic he started, and currently coordinates, DESIS: an international network promoting, world wide, design schools as agents of social change towards sustainability.

    Throughout his professional life Ezio Manzini has been professor of design at the Politecnico di Milano. Parallel to this, he collaborated with several international universities. Currently, he is Honorary Guest Professor at the Tongji University, in Shanghai, at the Jiangnan University, in Wuxi, at the COPPE-UFRJ, in Rio de Janeiro. The most recent awards granted to Manzini are the Sir Misha Black Medal, in UK, and the Honorary Doctorate at the Aalto University, in Finland, the both in 2012.

  • Howard Brown

    Sustainability Consultant, Co-Founder of dMass

    Friday, 22 March | 11:33AM - 11:50AM

    Howard J. Brown, co-author of “Naked Value: Six Things Every Business Leader Needs to Know About Resources, Innovation & Competition," combines more than 30 years of experience as a workshop facilitator, business leader, and speaker with fresh ideas and examples of cutting-edge innovations.

    Howard has founded several business ventures to help companies align good business and environmental practices and create more value. Most recently, he co-founded dMASS Inc., which identifies resource-related risks and opportunities for businesses and investors and tracks ground-breaking business and technology innovations that do "better with less."

    For more than 20 years as CEO of Resource Planning & Management Systems (RPM), Inc., in New Haven, Connecticut, Howard worked with major corporations to establish or enhance their environmental practices and performance.

    Howard was also a founder of The World Game Institute and taught at Yale University and at Wesleyan University. He was a student and colleague of R. Buckminster Fuller and is an authority on the social and economic implications of Fuller’s work.

  • Julie Kim

    Senior Producer at Hot Studio

    Friday, 22 March | 4:20PM - 4:30PM

    Julie Kim is a Senior Producer at Hot Studio, an experience design company based in San Francisco and New York. At Hot, Julie works with leaders at Fortune 500's, start-ups, and social sector clients to find the right design and technology solutions for a wide variety of challenges. She is active in shaping Hot's social innovation practice and is passionate about applying design methods to improve healthcare, education, and local issues. Prior to Hot, Julie worked as the Public Engagement Director at SPUR, where she involved the design community in cross-sector collaboration. A self-proclaimed "recovering architect," Julie holds a master's degree from UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design and a bachelor's degree from Brown University.

  • David McConville

    President, Buckminster Fuller Institute

    Friday, 22 March | 2:40PM -2:57PM

    David McConville is a media artist who designs immersive visualization environments to provide new perspectives on humanity’s home in the cosmos. He is President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute (www.bfi.org), a non-profit organization facilitating convergences across design, art, science, and technology to identify and cultivate whole systems strategies for addressing complex global challenges. He is also co-founder of the Elumenati design and engineering firm (www.elumenati.com) and Creative Director of the Worldviews Network (www.worldviews.net), a collaboration of artists, scientists, and educators using storytelling and visualization to facilitate dialogues about community resilience in science centers across the United States.

  • Cheryl Dahle

    Founder, Future of Fish

    Friday, 22 March | 2:20PM - 2:37PM

    Cheryl Dahle is the Founder and Executive Director of Future of Fish, a business incubator that supports early stage companies to “co-entrepreneur” supply chain solutions that help the seafood industry respond creatively and responsibly to the threat of fish extinction. Prior to her work with fisheries, Cheryl was a director at Ashoka, where she distilled knowledge from the network of 2,500 fellows to provide strategic insight to foundations and corporations. Cheryl spent over a decade writing about social entrepreneurship and business for publications including The New York Times, CIO, and Fast Company, where she also founded the Social Capitalist award competition. Before her work with non-profits, she was part of an incubation and start-up team for an online environmental magazine, for which she helped secure $12 million in venture funding.

  • Alex Gilliam

    Founder, Public Workshop

    Friday, 22 March | 3:20PM - 3:30PM

    A cheerleader of possibility, Alex Gilliam is the founder of Public Workshop, an organization that redefines the way youth and communities participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their neighborhoods and cities.

    Alex fundamentally believes that great design, empowerment, innovation, and having fun are not mutually exclusive. He creates inspiring curricula, transformative youth design leadership programs, innovative participatory community design tools, engaging events and thoughtful strategies that help people rethink possibility.

    Alex has worked with numerous organizations, museums, universities, architecture firms and city agencies including the Charter High School For Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, Rural Studio, Hester Street Collaborative, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas among others. His work has been featured on NPR’s Studio 360 and in magazines such as Metropolis, ID and the Architect’s Newspaper as well as showcased on various company websites including Fast Company, BMW Guggenheim Lab|Log, Kaboom!, Core 77, Yahoo and NBC’s TODAY.

  • Jeff Barnum

    Co-Founder of Reos Partners

    Friday, 22 March | 11:53AM - 12:10PM

    Jeff is an artist, teacher, and social entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Reos Partners, a global social innovation consultancy that addresses complex, high-stakes challenges around the world. Jeff has helped lead Reos since 2007 and has worked in Colombia on collective prosperity, in Australia on child protection, in the Netherlands on sustainability and climate protection, in the United States on transforming violence, and other projects.

    Jeff is also a co-founder of Magenta, a media and training company focused on culture change in the United States. Magenta launched in 2013.

  • John Bielenberg

    Founder, Future Partners

    Friday, 22 March | 3:00PM - 3:17PM

    Ten years ago, John created an immersive and experimental program called Project M that is designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers, and filmmakers by proving that their work can have a positive and significant impact. In 2010, John collaborated with Alex Bogusky and Rob Schuham to form COMMON, a brand that supports, connects and celebrates those designing a new era of socially minded enterprise. Most recently, John has partnered with long-time collaborator Greg Galle to launch FUTURE, a rapid innovation firm that creates positive change by unlocking ingenuity in organizations and individuals.

    In his career, John has won more than 250 design awards, is an AIGA Fellow, has been featured in the ID 50, and teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art staged a solo exhibition in 2000.

  • John Thackara

    John Thackara, Founder Doors of Perception

    Friday, 22 March | 4:45PM - 5:15PM

    For thirty years, John Thackara has traveled the world looking for stories about practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He is the author of a widely read column at designobserver.com and the best-selling book In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World. As director of doorsofperception.com, John also organizes conferences, workshops and festivals that bring social innovators together to share their experiences. John is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London, a Fellow of The Young Foundation, and a member of the Design Commission of the UK Parliament.

  • Julie Sammons

    Chief Community Officer, Hylo

    Friday, 22 March | 11:20AM - 11:30PM

    Julie's career evolved from engineering billions of bacteria as a research scientist to attracting millions of media hits for community-powered organizations. Her inspiration emerged from studying viral communication in the lab, practicing permaculture in a yurt, creating cross-sector networks, and ten years developing media strategy during the dawn of the social era.

    She holds degrees in microbiology and sustainable business management and applies nature's design strategies as a certified Biomimicry Specialist. Julie co-founded the Bay Area Biomimicry Network, advises bio-curious startups, and builds collaboration software for thriving communities as Chief Community Officer at Hylo.

March 22-23, 2013
San Francisco

Presented by

Speakers

We’ve assembled a global array of leading visionary designers, artists and social entrepreneurs who are leading the charge in creating a more resilient and regenerative world.

  • Adam Werbach

    Founder, Yerdle

    Friday, 22 March | 4:00PM - 4:17PM

    Adam Werbach is the co-founder of the sharing start-up yerdle (www.yerdle.com). A lifelong organizer, at age 23 Werbach was elected the youngest-ever President of the Sierra Club. He went on to create the media and strategy company Act Now, which he sold to the Publicis Groupe, becoming the Chief Sustainability Officer for Saatchi & Saatchi.

    Twice elected to the International Board of Greenpeace, Werbach is a frequent commentator on sustainable business, serves as the sustainability correspondent for The Atlantic.com.

    He spent ten years creating a feature film on the rise of Indie Rock, entitled This Is Noise Pop! Rolling Stone Magazine called it one of the 7 best music documentaries of 2011. It has only been shown once. He tweets at @adamwerbach

  • Alex Gilliam

    Founder, Public Workshop

    Friday, 22 March | 3:20PM - 3:30PM

    A cheerleader of possibility, Alex Gilliam is the founder of Public Workshop, an organization that redefines the way youth and communities participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their neighborhoods and cities.

    Alex fundamentally believes that great design, empowerment, innovation, and having fun are not mutually exclusive. He creates inspiring curricula, transformative youth design leadership programs, innovative participatory community design tools, engaging events and thoughtful strategies that help people rethink possibility.

    Alex has worked with numerous organizations, museums, universities, architecture firms and city agencies including the Charter High School For Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, Rural Studio, Hester Street Collaborative, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas among others. His work has been featured on NPR’s Studio 360 and in magazines such as Metropolis, ID and the Architect’s Newspaper as well as showcased on various company websites including Fast Company, BMW Guggenheim Lab|Log, Kaboom!, Core 77, Yahoo and NBC’s TODAY.

  • Cheryl Dahle

    Founder, Future of Fish

    Friday, 22 March | 2:20PM - 2:37PM

    Cheryl Dahle is the Founder and Executive Director of Future of Fish, a business incubator that supports early stage companies to “co-entrepreneur” supply chain solutions that help the seafood industry respond creatively and responsibly to the threat of fish extinction. Prior to her work with fisheries, Cheryl was a director at Ashoka, where she distilled knowledge from the network of 2,500 fellows to provide strategic insight to foundations and corporations. Cheryl spent over a decade writing about social entrepreneurship and business for publications including The New York Times, CIO, and Fast Company, where she also founded the Social Capitalist award competition. Before her work with non-profits, she was part of an incubation and start-up team for an online environmental magazine, for which she helped secure $12 million in venture funding.

  • David McConville

    President, Buckminster Fuller Institute

    Friday, 22 March | 2:40PM -2:57PM

    David McConville is a media artist who designs immersive visualization environments to provide new perspectives on humanity’s home in the cosmos. He is President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute (www.bfi.org), a non-profit organization facilitating convergences across design, art, science, and technology to identify and cultivate whole systems strategies for addressing complex global challenges. He is also co-founder of the Elumenati design and engineering firm (www.elumenati.com) and Creative Director of the Worldviews Network (www.worldviews.net), a collaboration of artists, scientists, and educators using storytelling and visualization to facilitate dialogues about community resilience in science centers across the United States.

  • Eve Blossom

    Eve Blossom, Founder Lulan Artisans and we've

    Friday, 22 March | 09:00 AM - 09:25 AM

    Eve Blossom is the Founder of Lulan Artisans and we’ve. Eve's twenty-five years' experience in design, early-stage technology firms, international business, nonprofit and social ventures led her to founding Lulan Artisans and then we’ve. After earning her master's degree in Architecture from Tulane University,
    she practiced at Gensler in Los Angeles. She then spent two years in Vietnam restoring French villas for such clients as Price Waterhouse and Chase Manhattan.

    It was during Blossom's time in Vietnam that she found the roots of her calling. Traveling throughout Southeast Asia, she became passionate about local
    hand-woven textiles. She recognized that the superb talents of the master weavers combined with a social venture model could create a strong economic
    engine to fuel systemic social change.

  • Ezio Manzini

    Design Strategist, Founder DESIS Network

    Friday, 22 March | 9:25AM - 9:55AM

    Ezio Manzini has been working for more than two decades in the field of design for sustainability, with a special focus on social innovation. On this topic he started, and currently coordinates, DESIS: an international network promoting, world wide, design schools as agents of social change towards sustainability.

    Throughout his professional life Ezio Manzini has been professor of design at the Politecnico di Milano. Parallel to this, he collaborated with several international universities. Currently, he is Honorary Guest Professor at the Tongji University, in Shanghai, at the Jiangnan University, in Wuxi, at the COPPE-UFRJ, in Rio de Janeiro. The most recent awards granted to Manzini are the Sir Misha Black Medal, in UK, and the Honorary Doctorate at the Aalto University, in Finland, the both in 2012.

  • Howard Brown

    Sustainability Consultant, Co-Founder of dMass

    Friday, 22 March | 11:33AM - 11:50AM

    Howard J. Brown, co-author of “Naked Value: Six Things Every Business Leader Needs to Know About Resources, Innovation & Competition," combines more than 30 years of experience as a workshop facilitator, business leader, and speaker with fresh ideas and examples of cutting-edge innovations.

    Howard has founded several business ventures to help companies align good business and environmental practices and create more value. Most recently, he co-founded dMASS Inc., which identifies resource-related risks and opportunities for businesses and investors and tracks ground-breaking business and technology innovations that do "better with less."

    For more than 20 years as CEO of Resource Planning & Management Systems (RPM), Inc., in New Haven, Connecticut, Howard worked with major corporations to establish or enhance their environmental practices and performance.

    Howard was also a founder of The World Game Institute and taught at Yale University and at Wesleyan University. He was a student and colleague of R. Buckminster Fuller and is an authority on the social and economic implications of Fuller’s work.

  • Jeff Barnum

    Co-Founder of Reos Partners

    Friday, 22 March | 11:53AM - 12:10PM

    Jeff is an artist, teacher, and social entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Reos Partners, a global social innovation consultancy that addresses complex, high-stakes challenges around the world. Jeff has helped lead Reos since 2007 and has worked in Colombia on collective prosperity, in Australia on child protection, in the Netherlands on sustainability and climate protection, in the United States on transforming violence, and other projects.

    Jeff is also a co-founder of Magenta, a media and training company focused on culture change in the United States. Magenta launched in 2013.

  • John Bielenberg

    Founder, Future Partners

    Friday, 22 March | 3:00PM - 3:17PM

    Ten years ago, John created an immersive and experimental program called Project M that is designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers, and filmmakers by proving that their work can have a positive and significant impact. In 2010, John collaborated with Alex Bogusky and Rob Schuham to form COMMON, a brand that supports, connects and celebrates those designing a new era of socially minded enterprise. Most recently, John has partnered with long-time collaborator Greg Galle to launch FUTURE, a rapid innovation firm that creates positive change by unlocking ingenuity in organizations and individuals.

    In his career, John has won more than 250 design awards, is an AIGA Fellow, has been featured in the ID 50, and teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art staged a solo exhibition in 2000.

  • John Thackara

    John Thackara, Founder Doors of Perception

    Friday, 22 March | 4:45PM - 5:15PM

    For thirty years, John Thackara has traveled the world looking for stories about practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He is the author of a widely read column at designobserver.com and the best-selling book In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World. As director of doorsofperception.com, John also organizes conferences, workshops and festivals that bring social innovators together to share their experiences. John is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London, a Fellow of The Young Foundation, and a member of the Design Commission of the UK Parliament.

  • Julie Kim

    Senior Producer at Hot Studio

    Friday, 22 March | 4:20PM - 4:30PM

    Julie Kim is a Senior Producer at Hot Studio, an experience design company based in San Francisco and New York. At Hot, Julie works with leaders at Fortune 500's, start-ups, and social sector clients to find the right design and technology solutions for a wide variety of challenges. She is active in shaping Hot's social innovation practice and is passionate about applying design methods to improve healthcare, education, and local issues. Prior to Hot, Julie worked as the Public Engagement Director at SPUR, where she involved the design community in cross-sector collaboration. A self-proclaimed "recovering architect," Julie holds a master's degree from UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design and a bachelor's degree from Brown University.

  • Julie Sammons

    Chief Community Officer, Hylo

    Friday, 22 March | 11:20AM - 11:30PM

    Julie's career evolved from engineering billions of bacteria as a research scientist to attracting millions of media hits for community-powered organizations. Her inspiration emerged from studying viral communication in the lab, practicing permaculture in a yurt, creating cross-sector networks, and ten years developing media strategy during the dawn of the social era.

    She holds degrees in microbiology and sustainable business management and applies nature's design strategies as a certified Biomimicry Specialist. Julie co-founded the Bay Area Biomimicry Network, advises bio-curious startups, and builds collaboration software for thriving communities as Chief Community Officer at Hylo.

  • Madeleine Lansky

    Psychoanalytic Psychiatrist and Organizational Consultant

    Friday, 22 March | 10:00AM - 10:10AM

    Madeleine Lansky, MD practices psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the SF Bay Area, with a special emphasis on organizational consultation that addresses the
    unconscious dynamics which prevent the creation of meaningful change.

    She works with government agencies, businesses, artists, families, schools and hospitals to actualize their visions for resilient ecological, economic and social systems. Madeleine thinks of composting not only in the literal sense, but also as a metaphoric process in which difficulties are digested and reworked into resolutions. She contributed to work in Haiti on ecological sanitation, and developed a course at Occupy SF called "Composting Anger." She loves design, the arts, and nature.

  • Nathan Shedroff

    Chair of Design Strategy at CCA

    Friday, 22 March | 9:00AM - 9:25PM

    Nathan Shedroff is the chair of the ground-breaking MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, CA. This program prepares the next-generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful. He is a pioneer in Experience Design, Interaction Design and Information Design, speaks and teaches internationally, and is an accomplished entrepreneur. His many books include: Experience Design 1.1, Making Meaning, Design is the Problem, Design Strategy in Action, and the new Make It So. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BS in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design. Nathan sits on the board of directors for Teague and the AIGA.

  • Paul Polak

    Founder, D-Rev Design Revolution

    Friday, 22 March | 2:00PM - 2:17PM

    Dr. Paul Polak is the Founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture with the mission of leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day.

    He has also founded D-Rev: Design Revolution, a design incubator for technologies that serve poor customers; and International Development Enterprises, which has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest out of poverty by making radically affordable technology available through local entrepreneurs and markets.

    Dr. Paul Polak is the author of Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, which has become a renowned resource for practical solutions to global poverty.

    D-Rev Design Revolution http://www.d-rev.org/
    iDE International Development Enterprises http://www.ideorg.org/
    Out of Poverty, What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail http://www.paulpolak.com/
  • Terry Irwin

    Head of CMU Design

    Friday, 22 March | 10:33AM - 10:50AM

    Terry Irwin is Head of the School of Design. She is interested in design for sustainability, and her research explores how living systems principles can inform traditional design process.

    Irwin sees design as playing an important role in the transition to a sustainable society. Her areas of research interest focus on worldview as the basis for design for sustainability, and examines the aspects of an ecological worldview for designers. It also explores the Goethean method as a qualitative way of knowing that can inform traditional design process. She has been teaching sustainable design, holistic science, typography, systems and communication design, drawing, corporate identity and branding, and information and interaction design at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has lectured widely on various important design topics, and is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), on whose national board of directors she served from 2001 – 2004.

  • Tiffany Shlain

    Filmmaker

    Friday, 22 March | 10:13AM - 10:30AM

    Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. Her acclaimed feature documentary, Connected, hailed by The New York Times as “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter,” was selected by The US State Department to screen at embassies around the world in their 2012 American Film Showcase. Her films and work have received 50 awards and distinctions including Tribeca Film Festival’s “Disruptive Innovation Award." She is currently working on a new film series, “Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change,” which uses a new participatory filmmaking style she is calling Cloud Filmmaking.

  • Wendy MacNaughton

    Illustrator, Graphic Journalist

    Friday, 22 March | 4:33PM - 4:43PM

    Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her drawings appear in publications like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Print Magazine. Her documentary series Meanwhile uses the tools of illustration, social work and ethnographic research to tell the stories of communities through drawings and the subject's own words. An anthology of these stores is being published by Chronicle Books in 2014. She's illustrated two other forthcoming books: Lost Cat, A True Story of Love, Desperation & GPS Technology, by Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton (Bloomsbury, 2013) and The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Wine, by Richard Betts (Houghton Mifflin, 2013).

    She has degrees in fine art/advertising and social work from Art Center College of Design and Columbia University. When they let her, she likes to talk with students at Art Center College of Design, and she is an artist in residence at Intersection for the Arts.

Schedule

March 22-23, 2013
San Francisco

Day 1: Palace of Fine Arts

The Day will begin at 9am and conclude at 6pm. You'll hear dynamic, short-form presentations with the freshest ideas from our speakers about what's on the edge of their thinking and practice, and methods that you can apply to your work in the world, every day.

Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco

 

  • 8:00am — 9:00am

    Registration Opens

  • 9:00am — 9:25am

    Welcome: Eve Blossom & Nathan Shedroff

  • 9:25am — 9:55am

    Ezio Manzini: Opening Keynote

    Resilience today is a concrete possibility. It appears as open and distributed socio-technical systems and it results from a complex innovation in which the technological side cannot be separated from the social one. The good news is this double trend of technological and social innovation is spreading world-wide. And that design is starting to play a role in it.

  • 10:00am — 10:10am

    Madeleine Lansky

    Composting is nature’s process of recycling biologic materials into rich and fertile soil. Madeleine hopes to show how making use of the metaphor of composting can enable design conversations about social change that go deep without going off the rails.

  • 10:13am — 10:30am

    Tiffany Shlain

    Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker & Founder of The Webby Awards, will discuss interdependence, the effects of living in a "Connected" world, and the importance of unplugging.

  • 10:33am — 10:50am

    Terry Irwin

    Terry Irwin will discuss five fundamental aspects to designing more responsibly: ethos, systems thinking, an understanding of the dynamics of wicked problems and the dominant economic paradigm and place-based design.

  • 10:50am — 11:20am

    Refreshment Break

  • 11:20am — 11:30am

    Julie Sammons

    Design is Alive: Inspiration from Living Systems. Discover nature's time-tested strategies for designs that survive and thrive in a complex, interconnected world.

  • 11:33am — 11:50am

    Howard Brown

    The products that fill our lives are mostly waste. Designers must create new ways to deliver more wealth with fewer resources. Howard will share a revolutionary yet practical framework to help designers lead the way in building a truly sustainable economy.

  • 11:53am — 12:10pm

    Jeff Barnum

    Jeff will share his insights on how to train the "inner abilities" for social change and creative work.

  • 12:15pm — 1:45pm

    Lunch

  • 1:45pm — 2:00pm

    Eve Blossom & Nathan Shedroff

  • 2:00pm — 2:17pm

    Paul Polak

    Paul Polak reveals the keys for entrepreneurs,businesses, and others to replicate and expand the methods that have
    already helped millions of people get out of poverty without charitable or government handouts.

  • 2:20pm — 2:37pm

    Cheryl Dahle

    How do you effectively intervene in a sprawling global environmental problem like overfishing? Cheryl explains how design informed the creation of the Future of Fish, an initiative designed to spur market change and better ocean health.

  • 2:40pm — 2:57pm

    David McConville

    David McConville, President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, explores how understanding cycles and patterns of the universe are essential for designing strategies to effectively address complex problems.

  • 3:00pm — 3:17pm

    John Bielenberg

    Welcome to Future Blitz, a program designed to help people rapidly find ingenious solutions to their greatest challenges.

  • 3:20pm — 3:30pm

    Alex Gilliam

    Amazing things happen to a community when its most resilient members--youth--are empowered to visibly take the lead in designing, building, and problem solving for its future. Through Tiny WPA and other programs, Alex Gilliam challenges us to rethink the roles that youth, communties, and all of us can play in making our cities great.

  • 3:30pm — 4:00pm

    Refreshment Break

  • 4:00pm — 4:17pm

    Adam Werbach

    Adam will explore the question: How could sharing become the new shopping?

  • 4:20pm — 4:30pm

    Julie Kim

    Julie will make the case that we have a moral and social obligation to be design activists in our own communities first, before looking farther afield. She'll highlight some successful program and business models–rooted in the U.S.'s longstanding tradition of local community service–that designers can plug into, or adopt into their own organizations, to make change right here at home.

  • 4:33pm — 4:43pm

    Wendy McNaughton

    Drawing Stories. How graphic journalism and ethnographic research creates a deep picture of people and communities.

  • 4:45pm — 5:15pm

    John Thackara: Closing Keynote

    What are the design opportunities where social and living systems meet?

  • 5:15pm — 5:30pm

    Eve Blossom & Nathan Shedroff

    Coda

  • 5:30pm — 6:30pm

    Reception

    At the Palace of Fine Arts.

Day 2: Autodesk Gallery

Future Blitz with John Bielenberg

Walking across an empty room doesn't require ingenuity. But, add honey badgers, flash floods, and mustard gas. Now it's going to take some ingenuity to get across safely. Our world is filled with difficulties like honey badgers, flash floods, and mustard gas—think climate change, peak oil, population growth, and more.

The good news? We all have the capacity to come up with ingenious solutions to these daunting challenges. We just need to learn how to unlock it.

Enter Future Blitz the cycle of design and leadership practices that can help people such as Deloitte, Fuse Corps, Notre Dame, King Abdullah University and Better World By Design, jump the ingenuity gap.

Join us for this fast-paced, hands on introduction to the rapid ingenuity practices that are accelerating positive change in critical social markets. How might you enhance resiliency in our world? Join us to workshop the answer.

Autodesk Gallery, One Market St., Suite 200, San Francisco

 

 

  • 9:30am — 10:00am

    Doors Open

  • 10:00am — 10:30am

    Welcome

  • 11:45am — 12:45pm

    Lunch

  • 5:00pm — 6:00pm

    Close

Register

AIGA members enjoy a wide range of benefits, including access to a community of like-minded individuals and discounted rates to events like this one. Join AIGA before you register to save.

  • Ticket Rates:

    AIGA Member, Supporter and above $475.00
    Non-Member $575.00
    AIGA Student Member $95.00
    Student Non-Member $120.00

    What’s included

    Compostmodern registration includes admission to the full day of programming on Friday, March 22nd and the full day Future Blitz workshop on Saturday, March 23rd. Continental breakfast, lunch, an afternoon refreshment break and light reception fare will be provided on Friday. Coffee/tea, lunch and lite reception fare will be provided on Saturday.

    Questions? Contact us at info@compostmodern.org or 415-626-6008

    Registration Policies and FAQ

Planning

Day 1: Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts, nestled in San Francisco’s Marina District, is a testament to visionary design. A showcase for the work of living artists during the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the faux ruin continues to delight and inspire. Its spacious theatre, where we will convene, offers comfortable seats with excellent visibility.

Day 2: Autodesk Gallery

The Autodesk Gallery at One Market is Platinum certified in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) rating system.

Getting Here Day 01

  • By Shuttle

    Our, Event Sponsor Academy of Art University will provide free shuttles for Compostmodern attendees from the Hub SOMA, in downtown SF, to both conference venues. Shuttles will run continuously during the hours below, with pick up every 20-30 minutes.

    Pickup:

    Hub SOMA
    901 Mission St #105 San Francisco, CA 94103

    From Hub SOMA to Palace of Fine Arts: 7:15am-11:00am

    First shuttle leaves Hub SOMA 7:15am, arrives 7:45am at Palace of Fine Arts
    Last shuttle leaves 10:30am, arrives 11:00am

    From Palace of Fine Arts to Hub SOMA: 5:00pm-8:00pm

    First shuttle leaves Palace of Fine Arts 5:00pm, arrives 5:30pm at Hub SOMA
    Last shuttle leaves 8:00pm, arrives 8:30pm

  • By Car

    There are multiple parking lots in the vicinity of the venue.

    Public parking 01

    There are limited parking spots at the venue.

    For more information & planning:

    Public parking 02

    Thoreau Center Parking Lot

    Torney Avenue,
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    (415) 561-6300

  • By Public Transport

    The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre has convenient access to public transportation.

    By Muni Buses

    • To the venue: Bus No. 30, 43, 28, & 29
    • Around the vicinity: Bus No. 22, 41, & 45
    • From Fisherman's Warf: Bus No. 30
    For more information & planning:

    By BART Train

    1. Get off at Montgomery Bart station.
    2. Walk one half-block up Market Street to Third Street
    3. Take Bus No. 30
    4. Arrive at venue
    For more information & planning:
  • By Bike

    There is limited bike parking in the venue but there are plenty of traffic signs and other features to get creative with your bike parking.

Getting Here Day 02

  • By Shuttle

    Our, Event Sponsor Academy of Art University will provide free shuttles for Compostmodern attendees from the Hub SOMA, in downtown SF, to both conference venues. Shuttles will run continuously during the hours below, with pick up every 20-30 minutes.

    From Hub SOMA to Autodesk Gallery: 9:00am-11:00am

    First shuttle leaves Hub SOMA 9:00am, arrives 9:20am at Autodesk Gallery
    Last shuttle leaves 10:40am, arrives 11:00am

    From Autodesk Gallery to Hub SOMA: 5:30pm-7:00pm

    First shuttle leaves Autodesk Gallery 5:30pm, arrives 5:50pm at Hub SOMA
    Last shuttle leaves 6:40pm, arrives 7:00pm

  • By Public Transport

    By Muni Buses

    There are numerous bus and rail lines serving this location and a few online planning tools are available.



    For more information & planning:

    By BART Train

    1. Get off at Embarcadero Bart station.
    2. Walk one block northeast on Market St toward The Embarcadero
    3. Arrive at venue
    For more information & planning:
  • By Bike

    Bike parking is available but limited.

Hotels

AIGA SF has partnered with Kimpton hotels, all offering special discounts between 10-20% for Compostmodern13 in San Francisco. Be sure to ask for the CMOR code when registering.

Sponsors

Sponsors have a unique opportunity to interact with design professionals and business leaders on a number of levels at Compostmodern 2013.

Get involved as a Compostmodern13 sponsor. Download the brochure.

To learn more please contact Dawn Zidonis, Executive Director of SF AIGA by email dawn@aigasf.org or at 415-626-6008

Event Partners

  • Hot Studio is an award-winning experience design company with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Dedicated to creating elegant solutions for complex design challenges, we collaborate with business leaders, innovative organizations, and emerging companies to create breakthrough products and services that have global reach and local impact. As of Thursday, March 14th, the talent of Hot Studio has been acquired by facebook.

     

  • At Calitho, we take your imagination and run with it. From our obsessive focus on quality to our zealous approach to customer service, we go all out to make every project shine. You dream it. We make it happen.

  • Autodesk has been a leading software company for the last 30 years. Over 10 million customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Autodesk’s vision is to help people imagine, design, and create a better world.  Through the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, Autodesk equips emerging innovators with tools and provides education to understand sustainability challenges. 

  • Academy of Art University transforms aspiring students into professional artists and designers. Building a strong foundation, instructors at the art school guide students to cultivate their individual style and prepare them to do what they love for a living.

Sponsors

  • The mission of New Leaf Paper is to be the leading national source for environmentally responsible, economically sound paper. We supply paper with the greatest environmental benefit while meeting the business needs of our customers. Our goal is to inspire — through our success — a fundamental shift toward environmental responsibility in the paper industry.

  • SInce its inception in 2000, Obscura has been paving the way for innovation by exploring the infinite possibilities of light and developing new technologies, keeping them at the forefront of the age of visualization. A global innovator in creative vision, technical strategy, and engaging events, Obscura delivers entertaining, informative, and educational communications experiences for an international client base.

  • Sappi Fine Paper, known for innovation and quality, is a preeminent producer of coated fine papers with highly recognized brand names including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo. Sappi offers one of the lowest carbon footprints of any major North American coated paper supplier and supports social good through the distinguished Ideas that Matter grant program. For more information, visit www.sappi.com/na.

  • US Pure Water is a full spectrum water treatment service and sales company that has been at the forefront of water treatment technology for over 25 years. Our mission is to provide an ecological and economic alternative to bottled and tap water by providing water treatment at the point of use.

  • Whole Foods seeks out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintains the strictest quality standards in the industry, and hasan unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about.

Friends

Media Partners

Media

  • Covering Compostmodern

    Members of the press are invited and encouraged to join Compostmodern’s vibrant discussions – before, during and after the conference. A limited number of press passes are available to those who meet our press qualifications (including print publication journalists, bloggers and producers; commercial news sites and broadcast outlets). For more information, please contact:

    press@compostmodern.org

     

About

  • Faced with a world in seemingly constant disruptive flux, Compostmodern, the biennial conference for sustainability and design, will gather visionaries from around the globe to explore design’s role in creating a more resilient world.

    Over the course of two quick-moving, inspirational days, an incredible roster of artists, visual designers, brand strategists, interaction designers, product designers, architects, futurists, sustainability consultants, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors will tackle vital questions surrounding Resilient design:

    • How can we envision and design social, ecological and economic systems that strengthen society and meet our increasing challenges?
    • How can we apply radical creativity and imagination to remodel and renew systems?
    • How do we retain optimism in the face of disruptive change?
    • How do we live as more fully embodied human beings?
    • How do we move toward doing work that has more meaning?

     

    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.

    We're living in a period of seismic changes. Our systems and institutions, once thought to be permanent, are in turmoil. Our planet faces increasingly dire ecological issues. Designers are responding to these complex predicaments with practices and tools that can help us rebuild and re-envision how to make the world work better for everyone.

    To Learn More about resilience:

     

    Any financial profit from the conference will be utilized to provide a wide variety of programming for the design community served through the  AIGA SF chapter.

     

    About AIGA San Francisco

    AIGA, the professional association for design, is the oldest and largest membership association for professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing. Founded as the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1914 as a small, exclusive club, AIGA now represents more than 22,000 designers through national activities and local programs developed by more than 60 chapters and 240 student groups.

    The San Francisco Chapter of AIGA is one of the largest and most active in the country, representing over 1,500 designers in graphics, interaction, experience, motion, and affiliated fields in the Greater Bay Area. Run by an Executive Director and a volunteer board of directors, the organization celebrates design and provides unparalleled opportunities for networking within the local design community and a variety of resources to advance professionalism and broaden knowledge. AIGA San Francisco's events stimulate discourse and enrich the collective experience of design.

     

    Learn more about the history of Compostmodern.

     

Team

Compostmodern is a conference that is organized by volunteers. Below are some of the people who have donated their time to organizing this year's gathering of the sustainable design community.

  • Sarah Brooks

    Executive Producer & Curator

    Artist, designer, and advocate for social change, Hot Studio’s Sarah Brooks creates products and strategies that are good for business and good for the world. As Director of Hot’s Social Innovation practice, Sarah weaves economic, ecologic, and social value into Hot’s work, helping further the company’s commitment to using design as a force for positive change.

    Sarah is a design columnist for Shareable magazine and profiles social and science innovation fellows for PopTech. She’s currently a mentor with Hub Ventures, helping advise early-stage startups. In her free time she makes art, and practices meditation and yoga. She wishes her bio sounded 10% less earnest.

  • Annika Dubrall

    Operations Producer

    Annika is currently Logistics Category Manager and Sustainability Lead in Gap, Inc.'s Strategic Sourcing Group. She is committed to creating lean and ethical supply chains.

    Previously Annika worked as an independent social & environmental impact, operational efficiency and design consultant, engaged by Walmart.com, the Skoll Foundation, PricewaterhouseCoopers (London) and Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital/Open'hood NGO consortium.

    She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa and then pursued an MBA at the University of Oxford Said Business School. She is audacious enough to believe that creative individuals and thoughtful businesses can improve the world.

  • Meredith Black

    Design Producer

    As Hot Studio’s Director of Client Development, Meredith Black cultivates new client relationships and deepens existing partnerships. Equally adept at blue-sky thinking and handling nitty-gritty logistical jujitsu, Meredith is a key player in helping our partners’ visions become reality.

    Previously a Senior Producer at Hot, Meredith distinguished herself by overseeing some of Hot’s longest-running and most nuanced projects. Prior to joining Hot, Meredith worked as a client manager and project strategist at IDEO.

    A graduate of the University of Colorado, Meredith also brings significant experience from the world of interactive advertising. And as the sole proprietor of a growing business that makes and sells bow ties for dogs, she’s single-handedly leading the avant garde in canine couture.

  • Bert Meijers

    Production Manager

    Bert works internationally as a freelance project manager on cutting edge projects to propel social innovation.

    After completion of the Kaospilot program in Denmark, Bert has been actively involved in the field of Social Enterprise and Impact Investing by being responsible for business development for a leading impact investing firm in Amsterdam and by producing events such as the SOCAP Conferences in San Francisco. Bert recently moved to Berlin where he enjoys efficiency and sauerkraut.

  • Dawn Zidonis

    Executive Director, AIGA

    As Executive Director of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, Dawn Zidonis is eager to help designers stake out their place in the entrepreneurial culture that defines the Bay Area. Her vision for the San Francisco chapter is to build on the passion people bring to the design community, create connections between members and business, foster the cross-pollination of ideas among design disciplines, and ultimately add valuable, meaningful content to the design conversation.

    Dawn also serves on the national board of AIGA as Presidents Council Chair and is an incoming officer on the board for the Center of Architecture and Design in San Francisco for 2013 through 2015. She also serves as a mentor to young girls interested in pursuing a career in technology.

Design

  • Francisco Franco

    Interaction Designer

    Francisco comes with a background in design that spans from working on the automotive industry to earning a masters in product design with an emphasis in digital services from the d.school / Stanford. He has been working as a user experience and product innovation strategists for startups, companies and design consultancies since 2008.

    Francisco is originary from Mexico but a strange force pulled him towards California where he has been living for 6 years. He enjoys living in a place with such a tremendous creative community and very good guacamole.

  • Henrik Olsen

    Creative Director

    Henrik has been bringing brands and companies to life through design for decades. He is responsible for directing, growing, and constantly pushing the visual design discipline at Hot Studio with an unremitting goal to create experiences that are both usable and beautiful.

    Bringing his foundation of brand and experience design, Henrik has directed a number of projects in Hot’s portfolio of clients. Recent clients includeSalesforce.com, SFMOMA, Dwell, YMCA, eBay, California Academy of Sciences, Architecture for Humanity, SRI International, and Gap Inc.

    In addition to leading the visual design team at Hot Studio, Henrik is also an active contributor to the greater design community through his work on the AIGA board of directors, as well as frequent speaking and teaching engagements throughout the country.

  • Perin Rambhia

    Lead Visual Designer

    Perin Rambhia is a Graphic Designer based in San Francisco. She is currently working as a designer at Hot Studio in the areas of visual and interactive design. In the past she has held similar graphic design positions in India. She also had a stint at Philippe Becker, a packaging firm.

    Perin recently graduated from Academy of Art University (San Francisco) with a MFA degree in Graphic Design. She has earned numerous accolades for her work, including the 'Pantone' Best Portfolio award. Her work has also been featured on Typography Served, Living Principles, Design Ignites, and 79nm.

  • Oksana Timonina

    Lead Developer

  • Kelly Meanley

    Co-Producer

    Known around Hot Studio for her dogged determination and quick sense of humor, producer Kelly Meanley, Hot's self-described "marketing maven," has overseen and grown Hot’s marketing initiatives since 2008. Hot's website, blog, social media presence, design assets, signage, newsletter, and more all fall under her purview.

    In her time at Hot, Kelly has managed the relaunch of hotstudio.com, Hot’s 15th anniversary party, and a corresponding book, The History of Hot. A La Jolla native, Kelly attended UC Santa Barbara and received her master’s in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

    When she's not managing Hot's marketing efforts, design projects, and planning events, Kelly's swinging bats at softball fields around San Francisco and shredding the slopes in Lake Tahoe.

  • Cathryn Yongue

    Co-Producer

    Cathryn follows the stories. And loves animals.

  • Kathryn Jaller

    Social Media Lead

    Kathryn Jaller is an artist and museum worker interested in connecting people through ideas, and how technology can help achieve this. As New Media Manager at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, she helped found its digital presence and manages its online community.

    She once created a set of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas paper dolls which made it to the New York Times. This was a good day. She also thinks about how to get more designers teaching through her work with Inneract Project. She makes things to make herself and hopefully others amused, which you can find at kjaller.com.

  • Max Batt

    Motion Graphics Designer

    Max Batt is an interaction and motion designer based in San Francisco. He currently works at TuneIn, where he creates digital experiences around music, live audio, and on-demand content. In his spare time, Max designs posters and film titles for small independent movies in the U.S. and U.K.

    Max holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the California College of the Arts. He has participated in Pixels of Fury at SF Design Week, and in Real Ideas Studio at the Cannes Film Festival.

Programming

  • Jenny Hoang

    Design Strategist

    Jenny Hoang is the marketing manager and design strategist at the social innovation consultancy, Collective Invention. She has a background in advertising that began with trademark and promotions law, and transitioned to business development, creative strategy and consumer insights. She has worked with for-profit businesses from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and social businesses.

    Jenny has a MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School where she focused her studies on design thinking, new business models, and sustainable development in emerging markets. Her passion for this work continues with the CM13 conference, as she believes that social innovation happens at the intersection of design and sustainability.

  • Phil Hamlett

    Design Strategist

    Phil Hamlett is the Graduate Director of the School of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His students emerge as advanced design practitioners and go on to acquire positions at leading firms around the world.

    As founder of Compostmodern, co-author of the Living Principles for Design and an AIGA national board member, his remaining energy is spent developing sustainable business practice within the design community at large.

  • Rainey Straus

    Design Strategist

    Rainey’s consulting practice spans the boundaries of brand, visual and experience design. Passionate about design as an agent of change and she is currently focused on projects in health and wellness, sustainability and social innovation.

    Recent projects have taken a deep dive in disease management, supporting behavior change through technology and sorting through the noise of green branding.

  • Tim Sheiner

    Design Strategist

    Tim Sheiner is a system architect and educator based in San Francisco. In his consulting work he develops designs for complex systems with applications to user experience design and software mitigations for wicked problems.

    Tim is excited to participate in a rich back and forth about resilience with the diverse group of individuals at Compostmodern13. His particular hope is that he will return with new insights he can use to enrich the way he introduces design students to risk models in the Systems course he teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Advisory Committee

  • Dawn Danby

    Senior Sustainability Manager, Autodesk

    Dawn Danby is has spent 14 years working across disciplines in sustainable design. Her projects have ranged from a tree-covered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border to closed-loop manufacturing strategies and furniture design. At Autodesk, Dawn leads the Sustainability Workshop, which teaches sustainable design to young engineers, designers, and architects.

    Dawn co-authored the bestselling book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, speaks frequently around the world, and teaches Sustainability to Design Strategy MBAs at the California College of Arts.

    She has an industrial design degree from RISD and an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. More at dawndanby.com, or follow her @ecoworkshop + @altissima.

  • Madeleine Lansky

    Empath

    Resident empath and co-creator of the 48HRzeitgeist that is Compostmodern, Madeleine Lansky, MD, has worked with the speakers and production team to design a conference that engages the head and heart to create a deeply embodied experience for all involved.

  • Jeff Mendelsohn

    CEO New Leaf Paper

    Jeff Mendelsohn founded New Leaf Paper in 1998 with the mission of leading a fundamental shift toward sustainability in the paper industry. Through product innovation and his positive vision, New Leaf created lasting change in the marketplace. Jeff’s efforts at New Leaf have received numerous awards and recognition, most recently in the 2012 Forbes Magazine “Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs.”

    A frequent public speaker and lecturer at leading business schools, Jeff is a thought leader on social entrepreneurship and the design of a sustainable business community. Jeff established New Leaf as a Founding B Corporation in 2007 and has 15 years of active participation in Social Venture Network.

    Jeff received a BA at Cornell University in International Relations, studying the power dynamics among people and the institutions they create, and he is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. Jeff’s personal mission is to create and build institutions that bring out the best in human nature.

  • Scott Boylston

    SCAD

    Scott is program coordinator and co-author of the Masters in Design for Sustainability at SCAD, and professor in Design for Sustainability. Author of 3 books, Scott has published over a dozen short stories in respected literary journals.

    Scott is co-founder and president of Emergent Structures, a non-profit organization dedicated to innovative, community-based material reclamation and re-use. Scott founded SCAD’s Design Ethos conference and ‘DO-ference,’ a workshop-based event that brings design practitioners together with community leaders to address pressing social and economic issues within the local community.

    He speaks internationally on design and sustainability, and holds a masters from Pratt Institute.

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