A live in-person meeting in Valencia [2 to 4 November, 2022], one of the Signature Events of the World Design Capital 2022. Speakers: Ezio Manzini, Brandon Gien, Leyla Acaroglu, Alok Nandi, René Spitz, Gisele Raulik Murphy, Päivi Tahkokallio, Brigitte Borja de Mozota, Anna Whicher, Hanna Harris. Directed by Kike Correcher. https://designpolicyconference.com +++ »[…] I’m truly convinced that education is crucial, education is the key. We need education if we want to transform the world we live in into the world we want to live in. Education opens the doors to better directions, to a better future. And wrong education or missing education closes doors. I’m truly convinced that design is crucial, design is the key. We need design if we want to transform the world we live in into the world we want to live in. Design opens the doors to better directions, to a better future. And wrong design or bad education closes doors. Furthermore, designs makes these doors, shapes these doors. And the floors, and the houses, the streets, the cities. Even more important: Design shapes our habits, our attitudes towards consumption and lifestyle and our personal goals. This is why design education is so important. 50 years ago the Club of Rome published its famous report on the limits to growth. This report opened the doors towards sustainability. One of the core messages in this text is: Education is the key. Only if we’re educated we can understand that we must change our habits, that we must change our personal goals and our attitudes towards consumption and lifestyle. Only if we’re educated we can understand that there will only be change if we change. That was 50 years ago. Today we’re celebrating 50 years of Club of Rome and the limits of growth. We needed 50 years for understanding their message. What does this say about our education? Our world, the modern industrialized world, is a complex world. What you see here is a wrong image. It’s an illusion. It appears as if we were an observer from outside. As if we could have everything within our view. As if we could sort everything out. This is the image that is usually connected with design. But the modern world is not simple, its complex. There is an endless amount of interdependencies. There is no neutral position from outside. We are not independent and objective observers. Think of the pandemic. It’s a perfect example for modern problems. Climate change. Mass consumption. Social media. Energy. Plastic. And so on. Our issues, our tasks, our assignments are not simple anymore. We’re part of the situation that needs to be developed. The challenge is in constant change, it’s not fixed. At the same time when the Club of Rome thought about the limits of growth, the Ulm School of Design thought about what we call wicked problems. This is the opposite of simple, of lame problems. A bed, a chair, a pen, all these topics that are usually connected with design, are lame problems. These problems are solved. Still we continue to give new answers and answers and answers without realizing that the question is already answered. This is why simple design of simple tools is not a solution, it is a problem. Simple answers are not the solution, they are the problem. We need education if we want to deal with uncertainty. With contradictions. With different interests and perspectives. Critical thinking needs education. Simple answers lead to hate and destruction. […]« +++ Wenn Sie dazu mehr wissen möchten, können Sie mir gerne eine E-Mail senden.