In today’s global world, change is happening at breakneck speed. Fluidity and interdependence are the hallmarks of our time. The imperative to connect knowledge with action in support of a common purpose, creating and promoting a better life for the majority of human beings on the planet, has never been greater.

The 2018-2019 Stephan Weiss Lecture Series is an invitation to explore a more nuanced understanding of globalization and the interactions between the local, national, regional, and global that it presumes. It will also be an opportunity to take stock of the good and the bad brought about by globalization, and its relationship with the power dynamics and ideologies driving/shaping our fast-changing world. Presentations and panel discussions will provoke/encourage critical reflection on the evolving role of our institutions, and the responsibility of individual and collective actions in nurturing participatory processes of innovation and change. The series will encompass wide-ranging themes including: women’s reproductive and gender rights and wellbeing; distributed governance and the future of our cities; designs for the pluriverse in the Global North and the Global South; and innovative responses to meet the needs of displaced and refugee populations. The 2018-2019 Weiss Lectures will feature practitioners, activists and scholars engaged in pathbreaking explorations of the promise and pitfalls of globalization.

About Ezio Manzini

Ezio Manzini works in the field of design for social innovation. On this topic, he started the DESIS Network. Presently, he is Distinguished Professor on Design for Social Innovation a Elisava, Barcelona; Honorary Professor at Politecnico di Milano; and Guest Professor at Tongji University (Shanghai) and Jiangnan University (Wuxi). His recent books include: “Design, When Everybody Designs,” MIT Press 2015 (translated into 7 languages); and Politics of the Everyday, Bloomsbury (November 2018).

Location and more:

  • MARIANA AMATULLO, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management, School of Design Strategies, Parsons, The New School
  • ANDREW SHEA, Assistant Professor of Integrated Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons, The New School

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