The first Design and Economics Unconference took place online from 8-23 April 2021.

A mix of talks, workshops and events, the unconference provided a space for economists and designers to meet, explore the intersections and find new connections.

Below are recordings of all the sessions that took place (we’re still adding some).

The Hermetic Bank Card (hosted by James Richards)

The Hermetic Bank Card (hosted by James Richards)

What would it be like if the rituals and practices of our everyday bank card transactions, were more significant? What if we could design for understanding, and have interactions that lead to a deeper understanding of our places in personal, national and global economies?

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A space where Design and Economics meet

Driven by the postgraduate programme at Ravensbourne University’s new Institute for Creativity and Technology, the first Design and Economics unconference is a collaborative initiative to build momentum and coherence around emergent ideas and conversations.

At its heart lies the essential belief that human ingenuity and adaptability – our ability to design solutions to the problems we are facing – can best be addressed by bringing people together, crossing specialisms and tearing up the rule book of conventional thinking. This calls for new narratives around social imaginaries and how these can shape the public sphere, economic development, the emergence of new services and new modes of interaction.