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  • 9:00 am Design Education + Economics (hosted by Elise Hodson)

    This session looks at the potential for economics to be incorporated in design education. Based on our experiences as designers, researchers, educators and students, we will discuss questions such as: How is economics currently reflected in design education, if at all? What subjects and skills related to economics are important for design students to learn? What would the economics-savvy design graduate of the future look like? What super powers would they have? Participants are welcome to contribute new questions and help us answer them.

    We are based in the Department of Design at Aalto University, Finland. Elise Hodson is a post-doctoral researcher in design economies and formerly chair of a design school in Canada. Delphine Rumo recently defended her thesis in the Creative Sustainability master’s program and is interested in degrowth and healthy circular economies. André Helgestad is a student in the Creative Sustainability master’s program in design. He has a background in economics and is a founding member of Rethinking Economics in Finland.

    Register for the Zoom call: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcuGsqjwoE9PkNNWfJ8Zv12seGf22--4W

    Link to individual session description: https://designandeconomics.com/2021/04/21/design-education-economics-hosted-by-elise-hodson/

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  • 12:00 pm Counter-Framing the New Economy (hosted by Sharon Prendeville and Pandora Syperek)

    This talk will interrogate the socio-material "taken-for-grantedness" of the framing of the New Economy, focusing on the dualistic embededdness of the 'constitutional trio' of sustainability: economics, society, ecology, and their variations. The session will develop the concept of 'frame backlash' based on historical examples, and use this concept to develop a response to this taken-for-grantedness.

    The session is based on ongoing work being conducted by the team at Counter-Framing Design: https://counter-frames.org/

    Counter-Framing Design is a meta-design research project whose goal is to interrogate dominant frames within the sustainability field in order to develop new structural approaches for co-sustainment and social change.

    Register for the Zoom call: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrd-2qqDIvGtAf9IhWK_p0z3gYnDNUbpys

    Link to individual session description: https://designandeconomics.com/2021/04/19/counter-framing-the-new-economy-hosted-by-sharon-prendeville/

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  • 1:00 pm The failure of trust in designing our systems (hosted byJulia Petretta)

    Trust is a staple when it comes to value exchange. Whether conscious or not, it is trust in a system that allows us to participate. In healthcare, we want to preserve or return to our vitality and health, with our taxes we want government to provide appropriate services, from Amazon we expect instant delivery and immediate customer service, etc. Trust fails when such expectations are not met. This session will explore trust as a basis of relationship between systems and people and how design, in times of behavioural economics, attention economy and customer obsession, can play a role for meaningful exchange.

    Register for the Zoom call: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pf-6uqjIsH9MeGqNY94XqtZzBdwWfJflC

    Link to individual session description: https://designandeconomics.com/2021/04/19/the-failure-of-trust-in-designing-our-systems-hosted-by-julia-petretta/

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April 23, 2021