Monday, September 21, 4:30 – 6pm
IDEA Cabaret: Dignifying Design
Inspired by MASS Design’s statement that “Good design choices in the built environment promote equity and dignity, and help people live healthier, more prosperous lives,” this IDEA Cabaret examines the ways in which design supports social justice and health care initiatives. Featured participants include John Cary and Heather Fleming.
John Cary is a working writer, speaker, and curator who engages with areas of public health, reproductive rights, philanthropy, and social justice. Trained as an architect, Cary earned a BA from the University of Minnesota, and his Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley. He is a strategist for TED Prize and co-leader of TEDCity2.0, a project focused on the future of cities. Cary serves as an advisor to Aspen Global Health & Development, is a global advisory board member of Possible Health in rural Nepal, and is a member of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)‘s Design Council. His first book, The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients (2010) represents the culmination of his nearly seven-year tenure as Executive Director of San Francisco nonprofit Public Architecture. His writing has appeared in an array of publications as diverse as The New York Times,CNN.com, The Christian Science Monitor, and Fast Company.
As the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Catapult Design in Denver, Heather Fleming works to combine design with humanitarian initiatives all over the world. Previous to this position, Fleming worked as a product design consultant for D2M Inc., and from there went on to form a volunteer group partnered with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Formerly an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University, Fleming is currently a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts. She holds a B.S. in Product Design from Stanford University. She has been named a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader as a result of her developmental initiatives all over the world. Fleming also serves on the ASME’s Engineering for Global Development committee and sits as a member on the Board of Directors for the Navajo Chamber of Commerce. Her writing has been featured in various publications including PRI’s The World, ABC News, WIRED.com and Newsweek. She is also a contributing writer for NextBillion.net.