Restless Futures Conference

No More Stuff?

What role does the artist or designer have in a world of diminishing resources as the orthodoxies of growth are questioned? No More Stuff challenged the idea that art and design routinely define themselves via production of the new, positing new ways of deploying creative intelligence. 

Michelle Baddeley, University College London | Orsola de Castro, Pioneer in Sustainable Fashion | Ekow Eshun, Writer and Broadcaster | Ilana Taub, Snact |Sanjay Nazerali, Global Chief Strategy Officer – Dentsu Aegis Network | Alice Sherwood, Kings Policy Institute | Clare Twomey, Artist | Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins

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Democratising Innovation

Explored the prospects for rescuing innovation, buzzword today for economic success and social progress, from the clutches of the expert and opening it up for the common good using co-creation, participation, and open source thinking and practice.

Lorraine Gamman, Professor of Design, CSM | Adam Greenfield, Writer and Urbanist | Danilo Santos de Miranda, Regional Director of SESC São Paulo | Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin school, University of Oxford

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Disruptive Technologies

Looked at how innovative or breakthrough technologies might supplement and transform existing notions of craft and making.  

Renate Samson, Big Brother Watch | Carole Collet, Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures, CSM | Peter Gregson, Cellist and Composer | Usman Haque, Founder – Umbrellium | Serena Kutchinsky, Digital Editor of Prospect    

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Expanded Boundaries

Investigated exporting the methods and concepts of the arts and design presents an opportunity for meaningful engagement with business, science, culture and society. 

David Buckland, Artistic Director of Cape Farewell | Stella Duffy, Co-director of Fun Places | Liza Fior, muf Architecture | Anna Hart/ AIR | Rob Kesseler, UAL Chair of Design and Science | Jonathan Reekie, Director of Somerset House | Richard Sennett, Sociologist | Mark Dunhill, Dean of Academic Programmes, CSM

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This event took place on 11 June.
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