Public Interest Design Week Call for Speakers

As will be more formally announced this fall, the University of Minnesota College of Design will host its first annual Public Interest Design Week, to take place March 19-24, 2013. Organized by our own John Cary, the week will include a series of events, culminating in the annual Structures for Inclusion conference, established by Design Corps in 2000. True to its name, SFI has historically focused primarily on built “structures”; this year, as its host, Minnesota is taking a broader view of design–to include not just places, but also products and processes that have been designed or redesigned for the public good.

Suggestions for potential speakers (beyond those selected through the 2013 SEED Awards program, to be announced shortly) are being sought as we build out the agenda for the week and SFI in particular. We are thus seeking recommendations for potential keynote speakers (individuals or pairs of people), panelists, and workshop presenters (around specific skills or topics, like financing, for example). We encourage nominators to think creatively about diverse and truly dynamic speakers, great projects and ideas worth sharing, as well as the value of non-designer/client/community/user perspectives.

Click here to submit your Public Interest Design Week speaker nominations by email. Review of nominations will start August 8, and speakers will ultimately be determined based on a range of factors. Caption: T-shirt above designed by The Noun Project for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, inspired by Claes Oldenburg’s iconic “Spoonbridge & Cherry” sculpture.

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