It’s not an easy question to answer, but a panel curated by Wolff Olins are going to give it a damn good go at talk this month, entitled Design Like You Give a Damn.
The event is the first in a series of talks at Soho’s The House of St Barnabas called Dirty Rotten Socials, which will be presented in conjunction with Pioneers Post. The discussions aim to address various subjects around idea of social change.
The design panel features co-director of design at the RSA Nat Hunter; RCA Design Interactions tutor and co-founder of Auger Loizeu James Auger; Nathan Waterhouse, who co-leads OpenIDEO with Tom Hulme; Chris McGinley from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Age and Ability Research Lab and Steven Johnson of Collaborative Change.
The first part of the talk will see Wolff Olins and the panel addressing another tricky topic – the definition of design – before moving on to explore how design can be used to solve problems around the world, and act as a force for social good.
After the talk, comes the action: the audience will then be tasked with working with the panel using ‘rapid-fire design and collaboration techniques’ to try and work out some issues surrounding the idea of ‘design for good’.
Design like you give a damn takes place on 26 June in the chapel at The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek St, London W1D 4NQ. Doors open at 6.30 and the talk begins at 7.30pm