A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: A Better World by Design

better worldA Better World by Design, or the only conference clever enough to advertise in the middle of a crosswalk, is back for its seventh year and is cooler than ever. Founded by Brown’s Engineers Without Borders in 2008, A Better World by Design seeks to “bring a global community of innovators to Providence” to create a powerful exchange across fields to “build a better world.”

The three-day conference is packed with lectures, panels, and workshops intended to get you thinking about how passionate individuals and teams can change the way we look at the world through innovative design. Events will take place this weekend, September 19-21, mostly on College Hill and spread across Brown and RISD’s campuses. This year’s theme is “wayfinding” or “a collective design process used to solve social changes,” so expect programs drawing from the fields of “mapping, interactive art, design policy, and DIY biology.”

You’ll have the opportunity to hear a ton of influential speakers and attend programs that cater to nearly every interest. Seriously. This year’s program offers lectures ranging from “hearing colors” to effectively redesigning public policies to lessen social disparities. Needless to say, this conference offers programs that go way beyond our normative definition of design.

The many workshops offered over the three days are intended to make you familiar with operating within this framework of designing innovative solutions to commonplace problems, despite your interests or desired career path. For example, the “Design Your Life” workshop, run by Design for America, aims to provide individuals with the tools to “frame personal trajectories as design challenges.” Here are 15 other things A Better World by Design says you’ll learn at the conference.

If you’re interested in getting a pass for A Better World by Design, you have the option of purchasing a one-day or three-day pass for a discounted student price here.

Did we mention that your pass also provides you with meals? Some of this year’s food providers include Rocket Street Food, Like No Udder, and Providence Granola Project. Noms.

Hope to see ya there!


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