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7 February 17:00 - 20:00Openlab

Visit Openlab during the Stockholm Design Week!

Design stretches far beyond pretty furniture and next season clothing. The role of design, and the designer, is one of problem solving, of seeing needs and meeting demands. Can the creative tools and methods of designers be the key to better public services, smarter solutions and happier citizens? 

Join us at Openlab for the next ‘Share, Mingle & Inspire’ and listen to short inspiring stories about design and creative tools for solving societal challenges. You will meet 10 inspiring designers, researchers, policy makers and innovators who all will share their experiences in this topic!

Presentation format - ‘Five by five’

Every presenter will get five minutes and five slides to share their story. As we are many that will attend to hear your thoughts we have a limit of 10 presentations per meetup.  

Openlab and Open Innovation

Openlab is a creative space that brings people together to find innovative solutions to challenges we face as a society. Our event series ‘Share, Mingle and Inspire’ is centred around open innovation and will give guidelines how to share. Openlab is in favour of open innovation because we believe business and innovation are going in that direction and that we are also forced by societal and technological change to do so. 

So, why not start with attending ‘Share Mingle and Inspire’ and be part of the movement. You will get surprised how many people will support and share their experience with you and how it will profit your own goals.

Get lucky! 

'Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.' Seneca

Every meetup will also have a lottery where you can win nice prices. As (quote of someone successful person): ‘Becoming successful you need also a bit of luck!’

Join us here! 

Please send an email to share@openlab.se if you want to be one of the presenters and share your story about ‘the Role of Design in a Turbulent World’!

Share, Mingle & Inspire!

All you need to know

The event takes places at Openlab. We meet in "the Multihallen" in the conference center  at Openlab. We start with the presentations, after which there will be plenty of time for a mingle with all the participants.

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Katarina Walter

Antrop - Design as a force for behavioural change

In order to create a better world, we need to change our behaviours. Did you know that only 20% of the decisions we make are conscious? That is why we have to design for behavioural change. In this talk you will get examples on how this can be done.

Katarina Walter

Katarin Walter is CEO at service design agency Antrop and an expert on human behaviour. She was recently appointed CEO Of The Year. Katarina is strongly convinced that everyone can make micro actions towards positive change and that service design is a driving force that empowers this movement.

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Ellen Franzén

RISE Interactive - Design for engagement

This talk will touch upon and show examples of how illustration and visualization can become a tool to and platform for facilitating empathy and understanding as well as encourage engagement and co-creation.

Ellen Franzén

Ellen Franzén works as a designer at RISE Interactive. She specializes in interaction design and process facilitation as well as researching how design artifacts and processes can be used to create empathy, understanding and engagement. RISE Interactive is an IT and design-research institute, owned by the Swedish state, that works innovations based on participatory design, user experiences, interaction design and visualization. 

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Ivar Björkman

Openlab - Design thinking in the public space

When Skärholmen local municipality decided to transform the look of Flygplansparken, they chose to collaborate with both architects and Openlab to facilitate citizen participation and decision making in the process. With the use of design thinking and the involvement of both digital and physical means of interaction, the process gave the power to the people of Skärholmen.

Ivar Björkman

Dr. in transdisciplinary Art & Design management. Stockholm University.  Since 2013 Executive Director of Openlab. Previous assignments: Between 2003-2012 President of  University college of Arts, Craft & Design in Sweden (Konstfack).  Founder of several Swedish design companies and has through out his career been working with how to connect disciplines through creative methods to create innovation. Dr. Björkman has several international expert assignments evaluating design education and research within universities.

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Märta Terne

Better Shelter – A home away from home

Prototyping a better future: almost 10 years ago the Stockholm based Better Shelter team set out to do something seemingly impossible: achieve real change in the global humanitarian aid system and invent a new scalable shelter solution. But designing was only one of the many challenges that lay ahead.

Märta Terne

Märta, 31, is the head of communications at Better Shelter, a Swedish social enterprise that develops temporary homes for the millions of people worldwide who have fled to escape armed conflicts and natural disasters. Before joining Better Shelter, Märta studied and worked in France, Thailand, India and the UK. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Kingston University and likes art, politics, food and cats.

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Nupur Prothi Kanna

Culture, Context, Common Sense

The solutions for Asian Urbanism emerge from our diversity, the large numbers of our people and their belief systems and building awareness on these strengths. Here I share a few images from research-based design projects of Beyond Built Private Limited in India to demonstrate a contextual approach to public spaces.

Nupur Prothi Kanna

Currently based out of Stockholm and Delhi, Nupur Prothi Khanna has received graduate and post graduate degrees in physical planning and landscape architecture from SPA Delhi and heritage conservation studies from York University (UK). Her work through Beyond Built Pvt Ltd, her research based design practice seeks to bridge these diverse interests.

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Conor Diamond

‘‘You are taking a design course? But you are not even a designer.’’ - An initial experience of design thinking

Having recently completed the Openlab master’s course, Challenges for Emerging Cities, Conor presents a sustainable development project, developed as part of a multidisciplinary team of students, and the experience of using a design thinking methodology to innovate solutions to a challenge presented to the team by Stockholm City and Ericsson.

Conor Diamond

Based in Stockholm, Conor holds a master's degree in International and Comparative Education from Stockholm University, and a bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Conflict Studies from Queen’s University Belfast. He specialises in sustainable development policy, and is interested in how design thinking can create more impactful collaborations between the public sector, private sector, and NGOs.

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Paloma Blanco

Madder - Communicating in a turbulent world

How can we as communicators and designers respond to a turbulent environment? And how can we challenge the agenda and alter the norms? This short talk aims to inspire norm-critical thinking, and how it can be key to a better and more inclusive society.

Paloma Blanco

Communications strategist with a background in the social sciences field. Spent some years in the military before she switched to work with policy, politics and communications.

Interim CEO at Madder - a norm-critical communications agency, who tries to make the world a better place by helping organisations and businesses with a good cause to reach out.

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Siv Lindberg

Business Model Innovation for Circular Furniture Flows

The project is working to show how the furniture industry can turn into a more circular economy. With innovative business relations and business models, the project has in a previous project shown that it is possible to reconcile strong competitiveness with a more sustainable social development. Now we want to demolish industry-wide barriers so that circular furniture flows become a proud and obvious feature  in the Swedish furniture industry!

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Jenny Fossum

Ocean Observations - Together We Make Change

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Nina Borgström & Maria Laksoo

White Arkitekter

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Mikael Beving

Ideaction – A new innovation program for physical products

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