Conversations for the Planet: “What on earth connects design with soil care?”




15th April 2024


15:00 UTC


Conversations for the Planet: “What on earth connects design with soil care?”
John Thackara and Ezio Manzini talk about social innovation and bioregioning, moderated by Louise St. Pierre

Join Us for Conversations for the Planet 🌱

We’re excited to extend an invitation to one more Conversations for the Planet event, scheduled for April 15th at 15:00 UTC.

The theme for this enlightening conversation is “What on earth connects design with soil care?” featuring John Thackara and Ezio Manzini talk about social innovation and bioregioning and moderated by Louise St. Pierre. This event aims to foster reflection on environmental sustainability, challenging DESIS Labs to delve into projects addressing related issues.

Our speakers describe the event like this:
“Over the ages we’ve invested huge resources to keep cities and nature separate. But we now know that the health of the soil, and the health of people, are the same story.
But what has this got to do with design? John Thackara describes a shift from high-entropy concepts of infrastructure to a focus on living systems – from eco-boulevards to pollinator pathways. These are other projects, he argues, reconnect man and nature, and accelerate the transition to ecological design. In the new system now emerging care – for the wellbeing of social and ecological systems – replaces money as the ultimate measure of value.”
This event promises to catalyze reflection and inspire action for the well-being of our planet. Share the event with your network and join us for an enriching conversation!

Save the Date:
📅 April 15th, 2024
🕒 15:00 UTC
📍 Zoom link: Conversations for the Planet

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Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with global leaders in design and contribute to shaping a sustainable future for all.

See you there!

DESIS Network Coordination Team


John Thackara

John Thackara

John Thackara - an author, curator and professor - is developing the agenda of designing for life – and caring for place – within social and ecological systems. He curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years, first in Amsterdam, later across India.

Ezio Manzini

Ezio Manzini

Ezio Manzini interests focus on social innovation, considered as a major driver in the ecological transition. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of schools of design. Presently, he is President of DESIS Network and Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano.

Louise St Pierre

Louise St. Pierre

Dr. Louise St. Pierre, Professor at Emily Carr University, is co-author of the sustainable design curriculum, Okala Ecological Design. She established Canada's first DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab, researching how design can influence low-impact behaviours and lifestyles. Louise is now on the DESIS International Coordination Committee.

Teresa Franqueira

Teresa Franqueira

Teresa Franqueira is the International Coordinator of DESIS Network – Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability and Member of the Executive Board of Cumulus Association. She is Associate Professor at the University of Aveiro, is a designer and has a PhD degree at Politecnico di Milano.

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