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Better World By Design

Now in it’s third year, the Better World By Design Conference (BWxD) is one of the many reasons to be excited about living in Providence and reminds us what we do, use and bus.  Co-hosted by Brown and RISD, this event brings together 1,000 students, teachers, and leaders from around the world to discuss innovative solutions to the local and global challenges we currently face.  What sets this event apart is the solutions-oriented approach that is unique to design based disciplines such as architecture, engineering, and environmental studies.  Thank you to all the students who volunteer to bring these current and meaningful conversations right into our laps!

Still time to register for this three day conference.

Better World by Design

October 1-3, 2010 Brown & RISD Campus – Providence, RI

After pouring over the schedule of events, these are a few stand-out sessions to consider:

Arts + Design Organizations for Social Change
Friday, 11:30am to 1pm
This panel highlights three arts organizations based in Providence: Riverzedge, Steel Yard, and New Urban Arts

Rebuilding Sustainable Economies in the Wake of the Global Economic Crisis
Saturday, 3:45pm to 5:15pm
Keynote Panel featuring Lisa Gansky, author of The Mesh

Urban Arts and Activism

Sunday from 10:45am to 12:15pm
The panel on Urban Arts and Activism focus on issues surrounding the unique challenges that artists and designers face working in urban environments.

Uses and Potential for QR Codes in Interactive Learning Tools
Saturday from 5:30 to 7pm
Steve Cronin is the President and CEO of Mercury, a 50 year old direct marketing and fulfillment company in Pawtucket, RI. Cronin has taken some of his company’s data-centric, web-based technology and applied to his teaching at Providence’s Hope High School where he has been teaching a life skills class for the past several years.

Politics in Design
Sunday, 10:45am to 12:15pm
Experts from MIT, Harvard and Parsons join to discuss issues of building and design in politically charged landscapes.

The full schedule of events can be found on the Conference website, http://www.abetterworldbydesign.com/content/panels/

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