This past weekend over 700 people gathered in Providence, Rhode Island for Better World by Design. In its ninth year, the conference held between adjacent college campuses Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, brings creators, innovators and professionals of all types together for a three day long gathering to examine and promote the importance of critical design thinking. Based on the theme of Interplay, the conference was broken into three categories: Micro, Meso and Macro. Each day examined the social and physical scale at which interplay is occurring. Through thirty-five presentations, conference attendees critically analyzed design's interdisciplinary power and gained greater understanding of how to truly strive towards creating a better world.
While the official themes were Micro, Meso and Macro, presentations also seemed to fall into one of three categories: biological design, design's role in policy and envisioning technological futures. From learning about cybernetics in an inflatable pavilion to hearing a woman talk about how she grew cheese from foot bacteria, envisioning design applications to urban infrastructure and healthcare, the workshops and lectures were as entertaining and engaging as they were informative and thought provoking. Thanks for an amazing conference Better World, see you next year for conference number ten.
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