Tag: Design Society Development

02
Jun

Innovation in Food, Ag and Integrated Resource Systems

Workshop: Innovation in Food, Agriculture and Integrated Resource  Systems: Creating Sustainable Opportunities in Soweto

Presenters: Sander Mager and Dr. Christopher Peterson

Facilitator: Dr. Naudé Malan

When: Thursday 5 June 2014 11:00 – 17:00 Where: VIP Lounge , University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus , Chris Hani Road

South Africa is not unique in facing social, environmental and economic challenges. To address these three successfully would require innovative solutions that bring together state agencies and departments, non-governmental organisations and private enterprises. Two leading experts in the creation of sustainable enterprises will in this workshop share their experience of addressing these challenges. Dr. Christopher Peterson and Sander Mager are leading the creation of the Global Innoversity which is an innovation accelerator aimed at inspiring and supporting the world’s metropolitan regions in developing and sharing innovations in food, agriculture and integrated resource systems.

The workshop will share the methods used and experiences gained in creating ecological, social and economically sustainable enterprises and innovations in the food system from the Netherlands and Michigan USA. These methods and experiences inform the current work of the Global Innoversity which is a self-sustaining global program for mutual action learning on metropolitan agriculture in, between and for the metropolitan regions of the world. Its goal is to successfully develop, share and implement a globally acknowledged ‘methodology’ for developing metropolitan agriculture in innovation clusters in metropolitan regions. It aims at multi-stakeholder cooperation and innovation and a new approach to transdisciplinary and participative knowledge development. Sander Mager will present the experiences gained from working for TransForum in the Netherlands, which preceded the Global Innoversity. TransForum is a public/private consortium that has invested €60 Million in more than 100 projects that demonstrated tangible results by improving the 3P (People/social, Planet/ecological, and Profit/economic) dimensions of sustainable metropolitan agrifood systems.

Dr. Christopher Petersen is the Director of the MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio that stimulates and develops business innovation and economic growth through business counselling, in‐depth market analysis and technical assistance for new entrepreneurs and existing businesses.

Brought to you by Izindaba Zokudla: Innovation in the Soweto Food System; Design Society Development & the Global Innoversity for MetroFood/Ag

20
Apr

World Without Fences

Will Allen CEO of Growing Power, Milwaukee, “I have worked with community gardening projects that don’t do a good enough job of involving the garden’s neighbours.”We’ve got to put up a fence to protect our garden,” people will say.  I tell them no, you don’t. You have to do the harder work of engaging the community. You’ve got to make sure the neighbours know that the garden is their own, not yours. Kids in the neighborhood threw rocks at my greenhouses when I first opening in 1993, but they stopped several months after my arrival.  I had not retaliated or chased them away. Instead, I invited the young people to come and see what we were doing. I gave them summer jobs. Neighbours started respecting the fact that I was bringing food into the community. They started being eyes and ears for me. The community felt ownership in our shared success. In order to build a new food system, we’re going to need a world without fences. We all have a responsibility to work together. We need everyone at the table. We’re going to need black and white, young and old, rich and poor. We’re going to need university folks who can study and foster new organic techniques. We’re going to need politicians who can help create an easier political environment and public space for a local food system. We need entrepreneurs who can create niche food products and graphic designers who can create packaging. We’re going to need planners who design inner-city neighborhoods with the idea of food security in mind. We’re going to need educators and nutritionists who teach people the benefits of healthy food. We’re going to need architects who can retrofit old warehouses and greenhouses to the new purpose of growing food. We need contractors. Composers. Plumbers. Not least, we’re going to need a new generation of farmers.” Allen, W & Wilson, C. 2012. The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities. Reprint, New York: Gotham Books, 2013: p. 236. www.growingpower.org

17
Mar

Cumulus Johannesburg: Design with the Other 90%: Changing the World by Design

When: 22 – 24 September 2014
Where:  Johannesburg, South Africa
www.cumulusjohannesburg.co.za

Hosted by Greenside Design Center (GDC) and the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg. Professionals, academics and educators from across the globe are invited to South Africa to share knowledge, ideas and inspiration around the role of design in changing the world. The event includes:

–        Addresses by three keynote speakers
–        Presentation of the conferences papers in the morning
–        Breakaway sessions (workshops and excursions) in the afternoon
–        An exhibition of student and alumni work from both institutions
–        A gala dinner

See the Call for Abstracts / Papers for more information

Educators and academics are also invited to participate in GDC’s three-week community engagement design project (10%) from 1 – 19 September 2014. See the Call for Participation for more information

For any queries, please contact info@cumulusjohannesburg.co.za.

Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus consists currently of 198 members from 48 countries. www.cumulusassociation.org

05
Dec

Design Society Development CoP

Design for Social Development, a research area and reading group begun in 2010 in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, UJ, is now officially renamed Design Society Development (DSD) Community of Practice (CoP). Our members come from the departments and disciplines of Industrial Design, Multimedia, Development Studies, Architecture, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Visual Art, Interior Design and Economics. In the face of staggering inequality and rapid change in South Africa, we meet biweekly to interrogate published research/projects and members’ personal research/projects that focus on the intersection of design, society and development. Each year DSD hosts a public seminar at FADA in order to expand the discussion into a public forum and strengthen opportunities of transdisciplinary collaboration. To show the world what we have been doing please visit our new website www.designsocietydevelopment.org It is still under construction but will soon be populated with bios of all the members and the various research projects we have been involved in that fall under the gamut of social impact design in South Africa.

27
Aug

Design for Social Development Public Seminar: Achieving the Good Life: Design as an Instrument of a Caring City

On 16 September the Design for Social Development Reading group will be hosting a public seminar exploring design as an instrument of a caring city. The seminar will be held at the FADA Auditorium, University of Johannesburg, Bunting Road Campus (click here for a map) from 18:30 – 19:00. The two speakers are Erky Wood, who is a specialist in urban development processes and Dr Tom Sanya, who is a senior lecturer in sustainable theory and design at the University of Cape Town’s School of Architecture. The flyer is available here for sharing… I hope to see you there!