Jonathan Harris posted a must-read essay on Farmer & Farmer during May. Modern Medicine covers the evolving impact of technology in our lives and the ethical implications of that evolution for people who create the applications with which we interact. True to form, Harris brings a fresh and uniquely human perspective to the discussion, reframing many of the ideas that are all-to-frequently bandied about in design discussions. A great read.
Every once in a great while, I wander into the IDEO site and see what’s happening. IDEO has a knack for capturing big thoughts in simple and elegant ways. In IDEO Patterns, you’ll find a variety of smart perspectives on various topics. Each idea is broken into digestible bits, which can be easily enjoyed. They have a great piece on caring and repairing your everyday objects, emphasizing the ideas of reduce, reuse, and recycle. So, if your mind hungers for a little intellectual inspiration, pay them a visit.
Yesterday, at 3:00 PM, we closed a successful Compostmodern. It was the event for which we all worked and hoped. It was ambitious. There were 18 speakers, and instead of a one-day conference, we extended it to two days. We launched an iPhone application, which will be available in the iTunes store soon. And, the entire event was organized and executed by a small group of dedicated volunteers. There wasn’t a single event planner in the bunch.
However, more important than any fact or accomplishment associated with the conference, we gathered almost 600 people together, people who are dedicated to making the world a lasting world, a world that is built upon a philosophy of sustained global prosperity. These people walked with purpose. They connected. They chatted about the future of design. And, they will go on to do great things.
When it was started in 2004, Compostmodern was dedicated to an emerging trend, a discussion about the intersection between design and sustainability. Today, it isn’t a trend; it’s a movement. We all recognize that change is needed. We need a new dream. It is the perfect challenge for the design community, who often gives shape to the dreams of others.
If you weren’t able to join us, you can continue the conversation on LivingPrinciples.org, and videos will be available soon. Thanks to everyone who made the event a success.