‘The Ripple Effect’ presented by Dr. Kevin Snyder
3 Dimensions of Innovation: James Wallbank
In the late 90′s James imagined an alternative model of lifelong digital engagement that would be free and open to all, and would develop a wide range of skills and abilities at a minimal cost. A key seemed to be mobilising the wasted resources he saw around him – prematurely obsolete technology, trashed materials, empty buildings, and the wasted time of people who couldn’t find work.
The do-it-yourself media lab that emerged from that vision, Access Space, opened in 2000 and is still running today. It combines recycled computers, free software and the collective intelligence of a peer learning community to build a powerful platform for developing skills and enterprise. Access Space develops confidence, capability, creativity and connections, and seeks to spread its holistic approach.
Currently the organisation is researching the individual, enterprise and community development potential of advanced manufacturing technologies. James contends that access to technology and technological skills, are necessary, but insufficient, for individuals, enterprises or communities to thrive; other very different capabilities are also needed.
Creative Economics: Mark Hopkins
Mark Hopkins is a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics. His responsibilities include macroeconomic research, international forecasting, and U.S. federal fiscal policy. Dr. Hopkins contributes to the Moody’s Analytics U.S. macroeconomic model and is responsible for forecasting Canada’s economy. Previously, Mark taught macroeconomics at Gettysburg College and served as international economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has published articles and chapters related to international economics, economic growth and foreign policy. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from Wesleyan University.
Open the box: Mark Smidt
‘Passion at work’ and ‘what’s good for the company’ are indispensable values for continuous business success. Mark wants to activate you for something charming in simplicity: realise the valuable ideas of employees!
Personal Numbers: Caterina Tiazzoldi
Caterina Tiazzoldi is an award winning architect from Turin (Italy), owner of Nuova Ordentra, co-founder and director of the Research lab Non Linear Solutions Unit at the GSAPP at Columbia University. Her talk is named “Personal Numbers” explains the personality of numbers inside design and architecture, the peculiarity of color choices, measures, shapes, in order to provide comfort.
Scientists look to the ocean as fuel of the future
July 10 – If the rising price of oil is hurting your budget, don’t worry. Scientists in Australia have found a way to turn seawater into fuel.