Responsible Design in Times of Radical Transformation

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In these times when the global creative community is being asked by the United Nations to take responsibility and ‘design our way out of the Coronacrisis’, it is especially important to have a very clear understanding of what that means.

On May 20th, 17:00 – 18:30, the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries and Digital Society School are inviting you to join our online webinar on ‘Responsible Design’ with keynote speaker and well-known expert in ethics and philosophy of technology, Prof. Dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek.

Next to Prof. Verbeek, two other experts will share their perspective on Responsible Design in these times of radical transformation: Theo Ploeg and Olina Terzi.  The opening statements will be done by the dean of the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries, Frank Kresin. We will end with a panel discussion with all 4 speakers and the audience, led by Marco van Hout, creative director of Digital Society School.

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Peter Paul Verbeek

Prof. Verbeek (Netherlands) is distinguished professor of Philosophy of Technology and co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also honorary professor of techno-anthropology at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, and aims to contribute to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation. His publications include Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (Penn State University Press, 2005).
Verbeek is also chairperson of the UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology (COMEST), member of the Supervisory Board of TNO (Dutch Organization for applied scientific research) and the board of the Rathenau Institute; the program council for Responsible Innovation of the Dutch Science Council NOW.

Theo Ploeg

Theo is a neo-accelerationist (nX). speculative design aficionado. design and media sociologist. tells stories of possible futures. lives together with cat Adorno. He explores alternative futures of an accelerating world at studio hyperspace, a studio for speculative design, journalism and sociology. Theo is lead and ambassador speculative design at Speculative Futures Amsterdam, in collaboration with Digital Society School. A co-founder of FRNKFRT, webzine for pop, media and culture critique. blogs about music at STASIS. He explores alternative futures of journalism at Fontys School of Journalism.

Olina Terzi

Olina Terzi is a Digital Transformation Designer and project leader at the Digital Society School in Amsterdam. Her work focuses on consulting urban stakeholders on how to adjust urban services in a climate of digital transformation. Along with her teams, she designs digital products and services for Smart Cities and the interaction of citizens, communities and local government.

Olina is a Research & Design professional fascinated by the intersection of cities, technologies and people. In the past she has worked as an architect in Amsterdam and London and in business development and community engagement for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in New York. She currently is Chair of the Student Exhibition at the Media Architecture Biennale 2020.

Frank Kresin

Frank is Dean of one of the largest faculties at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, a former Managing Director of Twente Design Lab and before that he served as Research Director at WAAG Society. He believes in the transformative power of the Creative Industries, Higher Education and Citizen Engagement. Frank has been promoting, developing and discussing emerging technologies for societal goals, eg. in transdisciplinary innovation, responsible design, empowerment of (disabled) users, sustainable development goals, data commons and the doughnut economy.

Marco van Hout

Co-founder of Digital Society School, on a mission to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 by training young talent and seasoned professionals in Digital Transformation Design: a way to (re)direct the digital transformation of society and industry via a more responsible and sustainable style of leadership. Co-founder of Global Goals Jam, Design Method Toolkit and Design Across Cultures. Previously Community Liaison for World Design Organization and longtime board member of the international Design & Emotion Society.  Advisory board member for DOT in Spain and visiting professor at IE University in Madrid.


17:00 Welcome by Marco van Hout, moderator

17:05 Opening by Frank Kresin, dean of Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries, AUAS

17:15 Keynote Peter Paul Verbeek

17:35 Theo Ploeg: Speculative Futures/ Design

17:45 Olina Terzi: Digital Transformation (Design)

17:55 Opening Panel and Q&A

18:30 Closing

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