“Let us not demand more of the earth. Let us do more with what the earth provides.”
Entrepreneur and economist, he was the founder and Chairman of more than ten companies worldwide. His entrepreneurial activities span business, culture, science, politics and the environment. He started the Global ZERI foundation that redesign production and consumption into clusters of industries inspired by natural systems. His visionary approach of “Blue Economy”, has landed him to be visiting lecturer and professor at universities, as well as advisor for governments and industries worldwide. Gunter has a doctorate in System Design and he is a member of the Club of Rome. He has published 20 books translated in more than 30 languages, the last one is ”The Third Dimension”, and 365 fables bringing science and emotions to children.
“Models help us make sense of the world and coordinate our actions. However if we treat them as reality, we forego resilience. We must also dance with ambiguity.”
Pille Bunnell is a systems ecologist and a second order cybernetician specialised in the integration and explanation of complex concerns. Pille worked with Holling applying Adaptive Environmental Management before becoming the Director of Environmental Literacy for ESSA Technologies Ltd. She became involved with the American Society of Cybernetics (President for 3 years), worked with Maturana and began writing and teaching. Pille is particularly interested in the implications of thinking and acting in a second order science epistemology, and thus continues to explores the ramifications of how our premises and path determines how we relate to each other and the world around us.
Roberto Iñiguez Flores
“Design shall be the agent to include the human perspective within the era of exponential change and cultural transformation that we are approaching. ”
Roberto Iñiguez Flores is dean of the School of Architecture, Art and Design of Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. Designer and consultant with more than twenty years of experience in innovation for industrial sectors. Member of different academic boards and Conferences: Project Oriented Learning Environment (POLE) global platform, the London Design Embassy, the Latin Design Network, the European Academy of Design, the Systems and Design Network, etc. His research focuses on the Advanced Design cultures, with particular interest on anticipatory processes, the relations between systems and design, and how individuals and organizations develop “advanced” design competencies.
“We are not victims. We are endowed with so much potential provided, we learn the tools and are exposed to the best examples”
Chido Govera is a farmer, human rights campaigner, and founder of “The Future of Hope Foundation” (Zimbabwe). She has promoted mushroom cultivation as a sustainable source of food and income in impoverished regions, focusing on zero waste. Very active in the network of Blue Economy, she brings the vision of system thinking in developing countries. Over the years, Chido reached out to more than 1.000 orphans and women in communities in Africa and all over the world. Today her dream is to inspire people from these countries to become change agents for a better society by taking responsibility for changing their circumstances.
“Designers have the responsibility to rebalance the ratio between production, environment and society in order to maintain a vivid and mutual connection, as well as a fertile and multidisciplinary dialog among them”
Luigi Bistagnino is an architect and designer, based in Turin, Italy. Founder of the research group on Systemic Design at Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) aimed at developing products and processes in order to obtain zero emissions. He is founder of the Systemic Approach Foundation and he contributed with numerous essays and articles to many important national and international journals. He designed objects currently in production and won national and international design prizes such as “Il Compasso d’Oro ADI”. Among his main publications: Systemic Design, Slow Food (2011); microMACRO, Edizioni Ambiente (2016).
“We work with government partners to design around specific needs — but the most meaningful systems change comes from helping policymakers see how to create policy and engage with the public in a different way.”
Chelsea Mauldin is a social scientist and designer with a focus on government innovation. She directs the Public Policy Lab, a New York City NGO that partners with government agencies to design better public policy and social services with low-income and at-risk Americans. Public Policy Lab projects include efforts to improve New York City’s social housing application process, design family-friendly transportation services for students with disabilities, create new policy for digital service delivery, expand access to mental-health care, better help in-need families with public-benefits enrollment and the application of human-centered methods to homeless services.