Oct 19 Lecture: CMU Design the Future series


Design the future? Just WHO do you think you are?

We are pleased to be part of this year’s Design the Future lecture series, organized by the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. 

The lecture will be live-streamed and the video will be archived, so you can view it from a distance if you choose. But we would love to have you there in person, meet you, and have you join the conversation.


Organizations and the designers they employ are increasingly engaged with the Great Challenges of our day and the Great Shift of our times. As we translate ideas like “social innovation,” “design for transition,” and “systemic shifts” into practice, we bump head-on into the true complexity of such work. When we encounter a web of crossed opinions and agendas, our training can seem inadequate. When we see dysfunctional patterns woven into organizational culture, our methods can seem impotent. When we face the resistance of booming personalities accustomed to dominant power, we can feel very small indeed. 

How do we work? Who do we need to become in order to do such work? 

Using stories from years of study, teaching, and consulting in the trenches of social complexity, Marc Rettig and Hannah du Plessis will illustrate approaches to work that engage the realities of systemic complexity and the deeply personal aspects of change. Through their experience they have found approaches and methods which shine a light on the future practice of design in human complexity, and the personal skills and qualities necessary to do such work. 


The talk is from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Monday, October 19, with some time following for discussion.

It will be held in a lecture room called Breed Hall, in the building called Margaret Morrison Hall on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.

The two maps below should help you park, find the building, and locate the room (click the images to see them full size).

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About the Author:

Marc’s career spans 35 years in business, design, education and technology. His work as designer, researcher, and educator has put him on the frontier of applying design methods to social and strategic questions. He is a founding faculty member of the Masters in Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Practice at the Carnegie Mellon University Graduate School of Design. Marc’s interests include cultural immersion, language, cooking and photography.

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