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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?

Our 2019 Design of Business | The Business of Design conference will  explore design, technology, and culture, and examine the humanist values that govern how we live and work 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 for this important event in Cambridge.

Speakers

Forest Young, Global Principal, Wolff Olins

Paula Scher, Partner, Pentagram

Lee Moreau, VP of Design, EPAM Continuum

Jessica Helfand, Co-Founder, Design Observer

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 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?

Enterprise

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

Location

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

Schedule

A schedule will be announced in May.