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Manifesto for Ecosystem Living
New European Bauhaus High Level Roundtable member Michela Magas of the Industry Commons Foundation speaks with Jan Åman (author of the Duved and Norrlands Model), Jan Bunge (CEO, Squint/Opera) and Markus Reymann (TBA21 Academy). Ecosystem Living transcends the idea of spatial planning, since the focus of spatial planning is limited to the physical space and not the complex interactions between cohabiting species. Nor is it ecosystem planning because we do not seek to impose order, encourage extractive practices or create the conditions for entirely anthropocentric habitation. How can we consider human beings and their activities to be part of nature and not separate from it? True ecosystem living is about harmony, alignment and balance, and finding an entire value network within a holistic cohabitation. This balance must synthesise and integrate artistic practice, scientific research, traditional craft professions and local cultural practices.
Welby Ings - Invisible Leadership
Welby Ings was expelled from school and until the age of fifteen, he could neither read nor write. He is currently a Professor in Design at Auckland University of Technology. He is a disobedient thinker, an elected Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts and he has been a consultant to many international organizations on issues of creativity and leadership. He is also an internationally acclaimed author, designer, illustrator, and filmmaker. Welby has taught at all levels of the school system. His internationally acclaimed book Disobedient Teaching has become an influential reference in rethinking pedagogy and the culture of schooling. In 2001 Welby was awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s inaugural, Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and in 2014 he was awarded the Auckland University of Technology medal for his contributions to research, pedagogy, and creativity. His new feature film PUNCH starring Tim Roth is currently receiving accolades at international film festivals.
Jamer Hunt - Scaling and Unraveling
Jamer Hunt is Professor of Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design in New York. He collaboratively designs open and adaptable frameworks for participation that respond to emergent cultural conditions. He was founding director of the graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design (2009-2015). From 2016-2021 he served as Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Initiatives at The New School. He is the author of Not to Scale: How the Small Becomes Large, the Large Becomes Unthinkable, and the Unthinkable Becomes Possible (2020), a book that repositions scale as a practice-based framework for navigating social change in complex systems. Fast Company has named him to their list of “Most Creative People.” With Paola Antonelli at the MoMA he was co-creator of the award-winning, curatorial experiment and book Design and Violence (2013-15). With Hilary Jay he co-founded DesignPhiladelphia in 2005, at that time the country’s largest design week. He has published over twenty articles on the poetics and politics of design, including for Fast Company and the Huffington Post, and he is co-author, with Meredith Davis, of Visual Communication Design (2017).
DJ Arthro - Live from the Spaceship
Jan Åman - Switched positions: the village as the societal innovation engine, not the city
Jan Åman is an entrepreneur, curator, writer and activist specialising in the intersection between cities, buildings, food, art and societal development. His extensive teaching and lecturing is based on bringing innovation needs into practical results IRL, then forming models to be implemented and scaled. His interest in societal and democratic processes is combined with a rather unique network within art, architecture, design and food, using top talent to deliver on citizen’s ideas and needs. Since January 2018 he is the creative director – responsible for strategy, narration and innovation – for the development of Duved, a small village in the North of Sweden. It has become both a local, national and international success story based on a very simple turnaround of how things are done. Duved shows that today it is the village on the country-side that is the engine of societal innovation, not the city. Åman’s strategy is to use the scale of the village as a tool to prototype and enhance local democracy models to make citizens part of creating the future of their own village (models for governance, food systems, affordable housing, mobility and knowledge production).
A Language for Ecosystem Living
To question who gets to speak in the discussion on better ecosystem living, this short film poses the question, who has a voice, and in which language is that voice expressed? The participants in the piece were asked one question, what does a healthy ecosystem look like to you? Through the diversity of answers expressed, we also understand the diversity of languages present at MTF Labs.