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Interview with Richard van der Laken, co-founder and creative director of What Design Can Do

‘To us, design means action’

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Richard van der Laken, creative director of What Design Can Do, looks back on the platform’s achievements to date, and shares his views on the creative community’s contribution to solving the pressing social issues of our time. by Annemiek Leclaire ‘As the founders of the Designpolitie, Pepijn Zurburg and I were often invited to attend ...  Read More

WDCD 2018 speaker Ahmed Shihab-Eldin on what drives him as a journalist

The voice of the misrepresented

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‘In retrospect I realize now that part of why I had this relative success at a young age is because I never stopped to question what I was doing and I wasn’t one of those people who had something specific set in mind when I got to Columbia.’ Says Arab-American journalist Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, who will ...  Read More

Q&A with WDCD Live Amsterdam 2018 speaker Guto Requena

‘We must heal our cities with technology and love’

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‘We need more love,’ says Guto Requena a Brazilian architect and designer with a masters in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo (USP). For nine years he was a researcher at the university’s Center for Interactive Living Studies –  NOMADS.USP and went on to found his eponymous studio in 2008. The practice – specialising in ...  Read More

Reprodutopia workshop at WDCD Live investigates the future of making babies, relationships and intimacy

Getting intimate with technology

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How will culture embed the emerging technology of ectogenesis, the artificial womb? How will it change a woman’s experience of pregnancy? Will humans still have to have intercourse in order to reproduce? Designer and researcher Hendrik-Jan Grievink from Next Nature Network will explore some answers to these questions in the Reprodutopia workshop at WDCD Live Amsterdam ...  Read More

Joel Towers, parting Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design, focused new curriculum on sustainable development and social engagement

‘Design education is about critical thinking and experimentation’

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After nearly a decade leading Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York, Joel Towers will step down as Executive Dean in June 2018 and take on a new role as University Professor. At WDCD Live Amsterdam (24 & 25 May) he will share his vision on the role of design and design ...  Read More

Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office joins forces with What Design Can Do to combat sexual exploitation of children

New invitation-only challenge: No Minor Thing

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To combat the largely hidden problem of sexual exploitation of minors in the Netherlands What Design Can Do (WDCD) in collaboration with the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) and the Ministry of Justice & Security launch a new, invitation-only challenge for twelve design teams and one design school. ...  Read More

Filmmaker and activist Sunny Bergman takes action as a consequence of her work

Sunny Bergman makes us face our prejudices

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What does it mean to be white? Film maker Sunny Bergman asks in her latest documentary ‘The colour white’. Not an easy question, it appears, especially when compared to how black people feel about being black. Carefully dissecting the hidden discrimination embedded in the white mind, Bergman comes across an inconvenient truth: ‘My white skin ...  Read More

Vegetarian Butcher Jaap Korteweg links systemic change to economic success

Better than meat

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A new factory producing 7 million packages of plant based meat copycats is the next step in the world revolution Jaap Korteweg is aiming at with his company The Vegetarian Butcher. His story is a well told one about linking systemic change to economic success. ...  Read More

With the iconic bags now comes truly sustainable clothing from Freitag

The fabric that turned Freitag into a brand

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Freitag, the Swiss producer of sustainable messenger bags made from recycled truck tarpaulins, in recent years quietly developed an extensive clothes line. The men’s and women’s apparel is made of F-ABRIC, Freitag’s self-developed sustainable textile. At WDCD Live Amsterdam Daniel Freitag will elaborate on the development of this new fabric. Daniel and Markus Freitag, founders ...  Read More