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

Forest Young

Forest Young

Global Principal, Wolff Olins

Paula Scher

Paula Scher

Partner, Pentagram

Skylar Tibbits

Skylar Tibbits

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

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