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Metropolis' 'Design Optimism' 2022

Find hope in the latest innovative ideas! Five leaders in design, health, data, climate, and community shared their insights on how to move forward in a changing world - just the kind of pick-me-up we need to kick off 2023.
January 25, 2023

During the inaugural Metropolis Design Optimism on October 21, 2022, leaders across markets and fields, gathered to present fresh 'concepts for change' in front of a design-industry audience at New York City’s now iconic Penn1 building (check out the space here!).​​​​​​​

Take a look at these movers & shakers' impressive and engaging 'radical' talking points below:

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Mauro Porcini

Mauro Porcini, Chief Design Officer at PepsiCo, is a visionary who has had a profound impact on the company’s history. Former CEO Indra Nooyi says that PepsiCo’s story can be divided into two stages: “Before Mauro and After Mauro.” At Design Optimism, Porcini shares insights from his new book The Human Side of Innovation: The Power of People in Love with People.

Hear Mauro Speak --- >

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Dr. Bon Ku

Dr. Bon Ku is an ER doctor, teacher, scribe and host of the Design Lab podcast. He composed the original design reasoning program at a medical university, collaborated on the publication Health Design Thinking with Ellen Lupton, and was a routine guest on the primetime health TV series Chasing the Cure with Ann Curry. Hear him talk through the importance of co-designing the future of healthcare alongside medical practitioners.

Hear Dr. Ku Speak --- >

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Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams is Director of the Civic Data Design Lab and the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT. By discussing urban theory/policy at the Design Optimism conference, Sarah hopes to leverage design concepts that further prompt conversations surrounding public transformation.

Hear Sarah Speak --- >

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Joel Cesare

Joel Cesare is at the forefront of combating climate change for Google's facilities and office services sector. A pioneer in environmentally conscious real-estate, he oversaw the first ever municipal Living Building Challenge assignment for Santa Monica's City Hall, which is regarded as one of the most sustainable structures globally. Listen to Joel discuss his carbon-zero energy objectives for Google and beyond.

Hear Joel Speak --- >

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Sloan Leo (they/he)

Sloan Leo (they/he) is an expert in Community Design and a teacher, collaborating with nonprofit builders, design organizations, and social-change voices. He established FLOX Studio, and recently opened Community Design for Leaders, a resource for design experts wishing to guide their work towards EDI and human-centric outcomes. Sloan discusses the catalyst community can have in designing for folx across backgrounds.

Hear Sloan Speak --- >

Content summaries and speakers' images credit: https://designtvbysandow.com/p...

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