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  1. From napkin sketches and diagrams to photos, storyboards, and the all important slide deck, your visuals say a lot about you, your organization’s values, and how you communicate. Visual communications play a critical role in conceiving, developing and sharing innovative vision, whether we call it the big picture, the roadmap or the blueprint.

    About the Facilitators

    Greg Van Alstyne is a designer, teacher, researcher and futurist with more than twenty-five years practice in strategic communications and experience design, creative concept development, visualization, art direction, branding, publication design, and design management. As Director of Research for sLab, Greg is responsible for developing, managing and implementing the lab's research program. His strengths include visual communication, presentation, facilitation, critique, and evaluation. Prior to his OCAD appointments Greg held positions in media, design and education settings including founder of the Department of New Media at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Creative Director at IconNicholson NY, and inaugural Director of the Institute without Boundaries (IwB).

    Kelly Kornet (@kellykornet) is a trained graphic designer and a foresight & design researcher. Compelled to make sense of complex information through visual methods, her work draws from systems thinking, design, and graphic recording. A full-time student in the Strategic Foresight & Innovation program, Kelly is a Graduate Research Assistant in Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) – engaging in projects such as Digital Governance and the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group.

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  3. How do we make human and environmental health the measurable proxy for the common good in the emerging, data driven smart city?
    Can an environmental health clinic be profitable and use markets to scale and measurably and significantly improve human and environmental health in Toronto by facilitating distributed local civic innovation, micro-entrepreneurship and convivial participatory research?

    This xLECTURE will survey through a series of public experiments the state-of-the-art in socio-ecolgocial systems designed for improving human and environmental health, and argue why these methodologies raise standards of evidence and exploit the opportunities that new technologies provide for social and environmental change.

    About the Presenter:

    Natalie Jeremijenko Natalie Jeremijenko is an internationally acclaimed artist, scientist and engineer, recognized among the 2013 Most Innovative People; most influential women in technology 2011; inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review; and 40 most influential designers. Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic, and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU, where she is also affiliated with the Computer Science Dept and Environmental Studies program. Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, Faculty of Engineering at Yale University, a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London, a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University, and a Visiting Global Distinguished Professor at they NYU College of Arts and Sciences. More at

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  4. 24 March 2010

    How can we incubate the future of design education and change the world at the same time? Get an inside look and meet some of the key people and projects that have shaped the success of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation. Both a platform to launch a green business and a design consultancy for world projects, the Incubator offers a unique way to use the power of networks, collaboration and community to get things done. Deb will share the story of Solar Ivy, currently on display at New York's MoMA; a recent project for the Sustainable South Bronx Greenway project; and her latest Design Jam that brought 40 designers, HIV experts and media artists together for UNESCO's “Cultural Logic” project.

    About the Speaker:
    Debera Johnson is known for stirring the pot and making the unlikely happen. She considers herself a catalyst for change, persistent collaborator and risk taker. To have company along the way she founded and directs the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation, Design in Kind and the Center for Sustainable Design Studies at Pratt. A graduate from Pratt’s Industrial Design program, Deb is a tenured faculty and serves as Pratt’s Academic Director for Sustainability. Deb’s constant is to provide opportunities for talented people to do amazing things and thanks Pratt for giving her the platform to be an entrepreneur in an academic setting. More about Deb and her work is available at and

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  5. "Our world becomes increasingly more interconneted and the frequency of change continues to accelerate. What roles can designers play in this evolving cultural context? How can we shift the perspective of our craft and practice to make broad and meaningful impact with our work? In this talk, Henry explores the different trajectories of design, design thinking, and the interface between design and other professions."

    Henry-Hong Yiu Cheung is currently jamming with like-minded colleagues in his role as Practice Lead for Systems at Scale at IDEO's Chicago office. Henry is a designer by practice and an adventurer by heart. His core proficiency is in using design thinking to map out unseen opportunities and emerging trends in order to develop the desired outcomes. He believes the richness of solutions evolves from a combination of an honest and open collaborative process and rigorous execution. Always the curious collaborator in search of challenging ways of thinking, Henry has worked with Bruce Mau Design, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and Microsoft Corp.

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