Welcome to this conversation with Open/Ended Design. We speak with activist creators from around the world about design, technology and culture - unpacking their work, generating new ideas and exploring their dreams for the future.
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Whitney Richardson on Journalism and Climate
This week’s Open/Ended conversation features Whitney Richardson, a creative visual strategist who uses technology, events and journalism to connect people around the world.
Over the last few years, Whitney has produced live events for The New York Times across Europe to address the most pressing stories of our time: climate change, gender, tech, and culture.
Whitney speaks about her work on one of the most ambitious live events in The New York Times's 170-year history, a series of 70+ virtual events on climate for the NYT Climate Hub at COP26 in Glasgow. 🌎🌲🎥
We hope you enjoy this conversation.💡
Anab Jain, Future vision on climate
To kick off Season 3, we are excited to welcome Anab Jain - designer, futurist and filmmaker.
As co-founder of Superflux, Anab leads a seminal design practice that is responsive to the challenges and opportunities of this era.
Anab and her team imagine and build future worlds for the present moment. They confront issues such as climate change and inequality, the emergence of artificial intelligence, and the future of work.
And they collaborate in surprising ways, they’re currently working on new narratives in Artificial Intelligence with organisations like Deepmind and Omidyar.
Anab is a dreamer, storyteller, and mythmaker, and her childhood in India has brought her on a remarkable journey.
We hope you enjoy this conversation.
Josie Wells on Black feminism
#19 Josie Wells is an award-winning journalist and founder of Footnotes and Indexes, a New York-based book club that aims to initiate personal growth and foster critical thinking through works by Black writers. Making academia accessible, her accompanying online newsletter provides space for people to address social issues and dig deeper into Black culture and Black feminism.
Started in January 2020, the Footnotes and Indexes book club and newsletter combine text with music, videos, and documentaries to move seamlessly between history and modern contemporary pop culture. In response to the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, Josie also created a free introductory online masterclass on Black feminism, which has been transformative for those who joined in from around the world.In this Open/Ended conversation, Josie speaks with us about the origins of Black feminism / and the transformative effect of great writers such as Audre Lorde, James Baldwin and Bell Hooks in her own life.
Jaz O’Hara on the refugee crisis
Jaz O’Hara founded The Worldwide Tribe in 2015 after a life-changing visit to the refugee camp in Calais, known as ‘The Jungle’, and a subsequent Facebook post that went viral. The Worldwide Tribe uses creative storytelling to amplify human perspectives of displaced people within the refugee crisis, inspiring a global community and leaving a legacy of positive, social change.
Jaz and her team have provided essential support in camps across Europe and the Middle East. Alongside coordinating food, clothing, and shelter, they organise larger projects such as installing wifi for refugee camps in France and Greece and supporting search and rescue teams for distressed migrants in the Mediterranean.
In this Open/Ended conversation, Jaz talks with Suhair Khan about the scale of displacement due to climate change, war, and the pandemic / changing the dehumanising language used for those who are displaced / and technology's power to nurture human relations.
Blaze Lightfoot Jones-Yellin on Environmental Justice
Blaze Lightfoot Jones-Yellin is an afro-indigenous urbanist whose practice and teaching has largely focused on environmental justice and community-centric design in New York. He is also a professor at the Sustainability and Environmental Justice department at CUNY John Jay.
Throughout his career, Blaze has helped create equitable communities by blending human and environment-centred design; always bringing community voices to the forefront of city revitalization projects. He has supported the recovery of communities in Far Rockaway after Superstorm Sandy and has worked on The Lowline - the world’s first underground park, in New York City. In all of this work, he has driven the philosophy that designing for equity is good in the long run for both residents and developers. In this Open/Ended conversation, Blaze speaks with us about climate migration / building inclusive and resilient urban communities / empowering the local / and how there is no going back following this pandemic.
Dr Julia King on Compassionate Cities