By Digital Society School & Transformational Studio
This. Is “Dear Future. I’m Ready’, a podcast brought to you from Amsterdam by Digital Society School and Transformational Studio.
In this podcast we explore more responsible ways to use the global transformation for the benefit of society. As a listener, you will hear from 21 transformational leaders about how we might address the challenges of the 21st Century. As they share their ideas you’ll learn about how design, technology and social innovation can help reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Nora Bateson, is an award-winning filmmaker, research designer, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity. Nora coined the term Warm Data and is initiator of the Warm Data Labs for the exploration of transcontextual information.
Have you ever told someone, when he or she was facing a challenge or was wondering about a life concept: LOOK AT OR ASK NATURE?. Most of us have. But how much do we actually do that?
Biomimicry is the practice that learns from and mimics the strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges — really asking nature, you might say.
In this episode of Dear Future, I'm Ready #21for21 we are very happy to be talking to Hugo Araujo, about exactly that: what can we ask nature, and specifically, how can biomimicry help us solve problems and transform better and more sustainably?
About Hugo Araujo
Hugo is one of the first 30 Biomimicry Professionals Worldwide, certified by the Biomimicry Institute in 2013. He has taken part in ground breaking research in the field of Biomimicry, travelled to remote locations exploring diversity of ecosystems.
Hugo is also an artist and an entrepreneur with special focus on sustainable innovation and business. His main drive is to find a balance between humans and nature. Hugo is the creator of the #7Vortex - a collaborative platform for a new kind of problem-solvers.
Find out more about Hugo's projects and work:
7V Health (2019)
Virtual Gaia (2020)
In our first episode of the #21for21 series, Carola and Marco talk to Wouter van Noort about personal development in the context of transformation. Wouter explores potential futures & systems change, as well as transcendental purpose & meaning.
In the fascinating and rich conversation that follows, Wouter addresses topics such as the role of the pandemic on consciousness around systems change, the role of the self in this transformation, the futurenow concept, the need for internalisation and how we are entering a transformation that is not only a change from the outside, but mainly from within.
Wouter van Noort is a Dutch journalist who explores our potential futures and systems change, and recently started a weekly newsletter Transcend, about transcendental purpose and meaning. He works for the daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad and is a commentator for several tv and radio programs. Wouter founded Future Affairs, a fast growing digital subdomain of NRC with a podcast, a weekly curated newsletter, an online community and live events.
Follow Wouter's interesting journey via:
Future Affairs: https://www.nrc.nl/nieuwsbrieven/futureaffairs/
Podcasts F.A.: https://www.nrc.nl/podcast/future-affairs/
In this introductory episode of the new series #21for21 (21 Transformational Leaders for the 21st Century), Your hosts Carola Verschoor and Marco van Hout will share why they started this series and what you can expect in the next episodes.
Carola is founder and chief creative officer of Transformational Studio, a transformation design agency with the aim of revolutionizing change through design and making transformation irresistible.
Marco is co-founder and creative director of Digital Society School in Amsterdam, a neutral training ground for responsible and sustainable leadership in today’s and tomorrow’s digital society.
Together, they bring new questions for topics that are still largely unanswered. Engaging with thought leaders on transformational topics to open up the conversation and the exploration of what’s next as we navigate the 21st century. So that we can all say: “Dear Future, I’m ready!”
Interview with John Maeda, design/tech guru/ initiator Design in Tech Report. Recorded at SXSW 2019 in Marriott Hotel, Austin, Texas.
DSS caught up with design and tech guru John Maeda to talk about his famous and highly anticipated Design in Tech report:
We talked about how design and tech can use the right tools and methods, have the right mindset and catch up, to have positive impact on the sustainable development goals and the planet and society in general. And how can designers and design change?
This year, John's report has stirred some controversy within the design community, as one of his main conclusions was that design wasn’t that important after all.
In this episode, listen to how I asked John about his report in the light of sustainability, change and cross cultural collaboration and responsibility.
This episode covers the Paris Design Summit where professionals, academics, agencies, governments and NGO's gathered and take action for a BETTER WORLD.
This was the first gathering of a 12 year initiative to create an effective framework for design, tackling the 17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS of the United Nations.
These goals include all urgent challenges that we face and want to have solved before the year 2030. They include goals like Zero Poverty, good Health and Wellbeing, Better Education, Sustainable cities and gender equality.
During the summit, Marco van Hout talked to the organisers and some of the most inspiring speakers and experts that attended.
In these 20 minutes you will hear
1. how the Paris Design Summit aims to form a community of change-makers, how a renowned city builder from Canada is changing our cities and communities to tackle the most complex challenges on our planet,
2. how one of the largest architecture companies in the world believes society and the design community should be trained for more impact,
3. And, how a former punker made sure to channel his ‘fuck you’s’ towards positive change.