Keynote Speakers

Saskia Sassen

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Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com).

Her new book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014). Recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages ( Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2012). Among older books is The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991/2001). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy-2011, Top 100 Thought Leaders by GDI-MIT 2012 and 2013, Top 50 Global Thinkers Prospect Magazine 2014, and receiving the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences. In 2014 she was made a member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands.

 

John Thackara

John Thackara is the founder and director of Doors of Perception, a global network of design thinkers. A writer, philosopher, and event producer, he leads workshops, and organises festivals at the intersection between ecological, social and societal change. He is the author of a widely-read column at doorsofperception.com and of the best-selling book In the Bubble: Designing In A complex World.

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John Thackara is the founder and director of Doors of Perception, a global network of design thinkers.

A writer, philosopher, and event producer, he leads workshops, and organises festivals at the intersection between ecological, social and societal change. He is the author of a widely-read column at doorsofperception.com and of the best-selling book In the Bubble: Designing In A complex World.

John Thackara is the founder and director of Doors of Perception, a global network of design thinkers. A writer, philosopher, and event producer, he leads workshops, and organises festivals at the intersection between ecological, social and societal change. He is the author of a widely-read column at doorsofperception.com and of the best-selling book In the Bubble: Designing In A complex World.

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Priya Prakash

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Priya Prakash is Designer- Founder @ D4SC. Design For Social Change prototypes and productises collaborative urban services and platforms that engages people to co-create smarter cities with their social data and activity. D4SC’s team has a cross-industry background across social networks, telecommunications, media publishing, startups and retail with 15 years of commercial global experience in bringing to market award-winning products with unique IP like BBC iPlayer,Nokia Asha Phones and Digital Wellbeing Showroom.

D4SC’s Changify – A real-time mobile platform to humanize smarter cities has been featured in Wired, Ted City 2.0, BBC, Smart City World Congress and shortlisted for Zumtobel 2014 Applied Innovation award. Changify Smarter Streets won the Connected Cities challenge to pilot with Amey to help urban service providers to respond to citizen needs.

Prakash enjoys creating new habits and behaviours with 14 years product and leadership experience bringing together product teams from startups to corporates. She speaks at SXSW, O’Reilly ETech, IXDA and is visiting tutor at UCL, RCA, LSE and Syracuse university.

Listed on 2014 TechCity Insider100 for innovating smarter cities, a FRSA with a MA in Computer Related Design, Royal College of Art and holds patents for iPlayer and Nokia Asha phones.

 

Panel Chair (Sunday)

Lucy Bullivant

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Lucy Bullivant PhD Hon FRIBA is a leading architecture curator, critic, author and consultant who investigates and evaluates innovative synergies in contemporary architecture and urban design between theory and practice across cultures. She works internationally with leading museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, publishers, corporate and non-profit bodies, and in February 2013 founded Urbanista.org, a new webzine of critical analysis of urban design. She is Adjunct Professor in the history and theory of urban design, Syracuse University in London, and her book Masterplanning Futures (Routledge, 2012) won Book of the Year at the Urban Design Group Awards, 2014. Her work in exploring the hybrid discipline of interactive architecture and design is represented by three publications: Responsive Environments: architecture, art and design (V&A Contemporary, 2006), 4dspace: Interactive Architecture and 4dsocial: Interactive Design Environments, two sought after publications for which she was Guest Editor (AD, 2005, 2007). Her next book, Recode: participatory placemaking with Thomas Ermacora, is published in Sept 2015 by Routledge.

 

John Thackara is the founder and director of Doors of Perception, a global network of design thinkers. A writer, philosopher, and event producer, he leads workshops, and organises festivals at the intersection between ecological, social and societal change. He is the author of a widely-read column at doorsofperception.com and of the best-selling book In the Bubble: Designing In A complex World.

– See more at: http://www.designinaction.com/event/event-john-thackara-creativity-innovation-making-difference/#sthash.7EBtdDLa.dpuf