Better World x Design Conference 2021

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Please join us to celebrate and investigate our 2021 theme, SEAMS, taking place on Brown and RISD campuses on Oct. 1st and Oct. 2nd.

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This year we are only open to Brown and RISD students due to COVID-19 guidelines. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you all soon!

Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design that organizes an annual interdisciplinary conference.

Each fall, we cultivate conversations between design-minded professionals from diverse fields, such as artificial intelligence, museum curation, and green architecture. Throughout the weekend, our speakers lead workshops, panels, and discussions that engage with and question design principles, with an emphasis on developing sustainable solutions for modern challenges.

We envision a world where design-thinking is accessible to all and catalyzes positive changes on local and global scales.

Seams are dynamic boundaries.

Knitting together the fabric of our world, seams hold together our infrastructure, repair our wounds, and connect us through visible and invisible networks. They alert us to the presence of former rifts, existing partitions, and opportunities for collective transformation. Seams describe the most essential and sometimes the most fragile parts of our reality.

By finding and developing seams, designers are empowered to repair, create, and differentiate. Seams are sites of healing, rending apart, folding, beginnings and endings. Designers are tasked with bringing seams together, creating them, or bridging their gaps.

We hope to confront challenges by tugging at the seams. To drive our exploration, we assemble a diverse community of designers and organizers working to unravel structures of oppression and create new, exciting realities. We’re interested in how designing around junctures, wrinkles, and spaces between can shape radically reimagined futures.

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