Social irresponsibility: thinking the unthinkable

From the recent backlash of Libeskinds’ claim to boycott working in China, to the call for a ‘Code of Ethics’ from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, the politics of the global built environment is undergoing perpetual debate. Some argue that ‘starchitects’ only have short-term political agendas in search for publicity stunts. Others claim that all designers and architects should be allowed to choose by themselves what they believe to be moral without the pressure of social responsibility.

Anglo-Israel Colloquium on “Ethics and Responsibility in an Interconnected World”

Colloquium themes: THEME A:  The Social Media in Open and Closed Societies. The impact of social media on governments, communities, education,  protest movements, etc.,  in the UK and Israel – and in controlled societies such as in the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Myanmar, et al; Does this impact tend to revolutionise politics and Continue Reading

What does privacy mean in a connected world?

Andrew Keen entrepreneur; founder, Audiocafe.com; author, Digital Vertigo: how today’s online social revolution is dividing, diminishing, and disorienting us Gerd Leonhard futurist; CEO, The Futures Agency Martyn Perks director, Thinking Apart; co-author Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation Chair Timandra Harkness  journalist and writer; co-writer and performer, BrainSex, Humans V Nature: Engineering FTW!and Your Days Are Numbered: the maths Continue Reading

Shaping Social Policy: Designers and Health

Encouraged by a new breed of policy makers, designers believe they are better able than politicians and clinicians to nudge people into making healthier choices, by transforming the physical environment, improving food labelling, creating incentives to lose weight or give up smoking, and even re-thinking how a receptionist answers the phone. It is hoped that Continue Reading