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!
David Sun Kong
Director, Community Biotechnology Initiative at MIT Media Lab
Artist, design researcher, writer, and professor, Olin College of Engineering
Senior Editor, Fortune
Global Principal, Wolff Olins
Founder, Self-Assembly Lab at MIT + Assistant Professor of Design Research, Department of Architecture.
Founder, twenty-six and Host, Scratching the Surface
VP Design, EPAM Continuum
Co-Founder, Design Observer
Partner, Pentagram, Co-Founder, Design Observer
How does design reinforce cultural inclusivity, fairness, justice and access for all?
How do the things we produce help to define and reinforce humane practices, leading to more thoughtful solutions for the people we serve?
How do we embrace progress with patience, particularly when faced with the accelerated daily challenges of the modern workplace?
How do we identify and inculcate a sense of ethical culture in our studios, with our clients, consumers, and colleagues all over the world?
Saturday, September 14
Registration opens, light breakfast
Opening night reception
Sunday, September 15
Roundtable breakfasts +
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
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