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Business as usual. (Not.) 

At the intersection of design and business lie a host of technologies that enable efficiency and innovation at every turn. We design for devices that are mobile, engage in conversations that are virtual, and increasingly groom ourselves to embrace realities that are alternative, even artificial, as we do so. But at what cost—to each of us?

For two days next fall, join us at MIT as we explore design, technology, and culture, and most of all, the humanist values that govern how we live, work, and thrive together.

We’ll look at human responsibility—not corporate responsibility—as a foundation for honesty, integrity, and truth. We’ll discuss ethics, bias, and the importance of consequence. And we’ll examine technology as our common language: how it can be better, and how we can be better, too.

“The world of reality has its limits”, Rousseau once wrote. “But the world of the imagination is boundless”. We agree—and hope you’ll join us!

Speakers

Dr. Camille Verovic

Dr. Camille Verovic

Founder, girlandhair.com

Josef Verovic

Josef Verovic

CEO, girlandhair.com

Gretchen Anderson

Gretchen Anderson

Founder, Primary Angle

Daniella Zalcman

Daniella Zalcman

Documentary photographer

Gene Lee

Gene Lee

SVP of CX & Design at Mailchimp

Shaun Borstrock

Shaun Borstrock

Design Ingenuity: Business, innovation and projects at University of Hertfordshire

Mark Bloomfield

Mark Bloomfield

Visiting Professor of Design, Innovation and Technology in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire

Caroline Wanga

Caroline Wanga

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President Human Resources, Target Corporation

Todd Waterbury

Todd Waterbury

Chief Creative Officer, Target Corporation

Vivianne Castillo

Vivianne Castillo

Humanity & Diversity in Tech Advocate-Warrior and Sr Design Researcher + Innovation Consultant, Salesforce

Sheila Kennedy

Sheila Kennedy

Principal, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd. + Professor in Practice, MIT Architecture

Cindy Chastain

Cindy Chastain

SVP, Global Customer Experience & Design, Mastercard

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

Director, Civic Data Design Lab at MIT

Roman Mars

Roman Mars

Host, 99% Invisible

Ashleigh Axios

Ashleigh Axios

Creative Director, Obama White House and Executive Board Member, AIGA

George Gendron

George Gendron

Writer-in-Residence, MIT Integrated Design and Management, Co-founder and Creative Director, The Solo Project

Dana Arnett

Dana Arnett

Vice Chairman and Founding Partner, VSA

David Sun Kong

David Sun Kong

Director, Community Biotechnology Initiative at MIT Media Lab

Lisa Strausfeld

Lisa Strausfeld

Information architect, data visualization entrepreneur + Principal, Informationart

Sara Hendren

Sara Hendren

Artist, design researcher, writer, and professor, Olin College of Engineering

Ellen McGirt

Ellen McGirt

Senior Editor, Fortune

Forest Young

Forest Young

Global Principal, Wolff Olins

Skylar Tibbits

Skylar Tibbits

Founder, Self-Assembly Lab at MIT + Assistant Professor of Design Research, Department of Architecture.

Paula Scher

Paula Scher

Partner, Pentagram

Jarrett Fuller

Jarrett Fuller

Founder, twenty-six and Host, Scratching the Surface

Lee Moreau

Lee Moreau

VP Design, EPAM Continuum

Jessica Helfand

Jessica Helfand

Co-Founder, Design Observer

Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut

Partner, Pentagram, Co-Founder, Design Observer

Symposia

Attendees will choose from one of four symposia, each examining design, technology and culture through a humanist lens.

Equity

How does design reinforce cultural inclusivity, fairness, justice and access for all?

Engineering

How do the things we produce help to define and reinforce humane practices, leading to more thoughtful solutions for the people we serve?

Enterprise

How do we embrace progress with patience, particularly when faced with the accelerated daily challenges of the modern workplace?

Ethics

How do we identify and inculcate a sense of ethical culture in our studios, with our clients, consumers, and colleagues all over the world?

Schedule

Saturday, September 14

8:00 am
Registration opens, light breakfast

9:00 am
General session

1:00 pm
Lunch symposia

3:45 pm
General session

6:00 pm
Opening night reception

Sunday, September 15

8:00 am
Registration opens

9:00 am
Roundtable breakfasts +
breakfast talks

10:30 am – 1:30 pm
General session

Location

The Design of Business | The Business of Design conference will be held at MIT's Samberg Conference Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Samberg Conference Center
MIT, Chang Building (E52)
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA

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