Design Impact Vol. 5: New Futures: Design & The Future of Childhood

Design Impact Vol. 5: Following the Sun: Design Futures at the Intersection of Health, Equity and Climate Change is a global virtual summit sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council. Launching Thursday, September 23rd, the summit brings together an outstanding roster of global leaders to share their work and vision at the intersection of health, climate change and equity. This inspiring, two-day virtual summit transcends regional and national boundaries to unite our global community of practice, challenging us to use design as a tool for actionable, transformative change, and healing.

Session 6: New Futures: Design & The Future of Childhood

Inspired by the collaboration between Dr. Jonathan Salk and his father, Dr. Jonas Salk on their book, “A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future”, New Futures: Design & The Future of Childhood will explore the importance of centering the “quality of care of children, the quality of each child’s experience, and the overall quality of human life” as the central driver of transformational change as we seek to imagine and bring forth a more just, more equitable and healthier world.

Session Leads:
Dr. Jonathan Salk, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, Board of Advisors, Population Media Center.
Ana Pinto da Silva, Co-founder, GSD Design Impact, CEO, Minka, Seattle, WA

Louis Thomas, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Urbanism Lab at the University of Chicago
Sara Candiracci, UKIMEA International Development Leader
Cecilia Vaca Jones, Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation
Shanna Kohn, Senior Education Manager of Humanitarian Programs at Sesame Workshop, Brooklyn, NY USA
Dr. Zuparee Karutjaiva

Moderator: Aakrity Madhan, Graduate STudent, MDes Energy and Environment, GSD, Mumbai, India

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