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Wise Innovation Symposium

  • CCA IxD MDes Studio 1111 8th Street San Francisco, CA, 94107 United States (map)

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Over the last week, we have been watching the clumsiness of Facebook trying to own its power.

The tech side shows agility with incredible privilege and a general disregard for unintended consequences. The social innovation side shows inclusivity and care for systems. The technical design is innovative and breaks the rules, while the social can be slow and end in compromise. 

What might a bridge between the two look like? What are the best practices, questions arising and next steps to consider when trying to bridge both worlds? We need each other to do this work, to build a strong resilient network and ecosystem. That's what this event is about. 

Charlotte Hochman is a CCA distinguished visiting designer and Fulbright Fellow. She heads the Wow!Labs innovation studio based in London and explores the limits of co-innovation and co-determination running experiments with Syrian refugees in Paris and Berlin through PLACE, her most recent venture. She has a 15-year track-record leading social innovation experiments in different countries and is in SF on a quest to identify disruptive practices around needs-based innovation and other related fields. 

George Ayer is the Founder of Greater Good Studio in Chicago, which designs programs and services to address some of society's toughest challenges. Greater Good Studio believes that the best way to empower clients and communities is to put the design process in their hands. Watch George's presentation at SXSW last week around designer power and privilege (last 8 minutes).

The “Wise Innovation" Symposium focuses on questions arising from design, inclusion, agility, power, and privilege.