We're excited to give you something different related closer to our emerging Strategic Design initiatives. Featuring Cennydd Bowles with a provocative new talk and Speculative Designer J Paul Neeley, we'll be exploring how different approaches to design can help us envisage new futures we need.
BUILDING BETTER WORLDS
Digital dystopias loom large over the coming decade – mundane surveillance, hypernudging algorithms, autonomous weapons, widespread disemployment – all against the backdrop of political upheaval and escalating climate crisis. It’s easy to succumb to fatalism, to feel powerless in the face of a world tipping off its axis. But our trajectory is not yet locked in: we have millions of futures to choose from.
We’ve talked enough about how the tech industry lost its way; now it’s time to make things better. Cennydd Bowles, author of Future Ethics, will reveal how tech workers and companies can mobilise for change, bringing ethics into the heart of their practice, and making technology more responsible, more just, and more democratic. Better worlds are possible, if we wish them.
Cennydd Bowles is a London-based designer and writer with fifteen years of experience advising clients including Twitter, Ford, Cisco, and the BBC. His focus today is the ethics of emerging technology. He has lectured on the topic at Facebook, Stanford University, and Google, and is a sought-after speaker at technology and design events worldwide. His second book, Future Ethics, was published in 2018.
J PAUL NEELEY
J. Paul Neeley is a service and speculative designer exploring the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies, with recent projects on happiness, healthcare, future mobility, and issues of complexity and computational irreducibility in design and business. He is consults in service & speculative design at Neeley Worldwide with clients like Moovel and the Policy Lab UK, and is a visiting lecturer in Service Design at the Royal College of Art. He has worked previously as a service designer at Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and researcher at Unilever. He hold a Masters in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London and a Bachelors in Communication Studies and Economics from Northwestern University.