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Rethinking Design Thinking - Paul Pangaro - PICNIC '10

In a world of increasing complexity, our problems just seem to get worse and worse. While the activity we call "design" began at the dawn of civilization, “design thinking” has recently been proposed as a means to solve these “wicked problems”—as well as all but guarantee a path to innovation for organizations of all stripes.

But what is "design thinking"? And is it the panacea proposed?

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Paradigm Shift - Reinier de Graaf - PICNIC '10

In less than ten years the world’s largest cities will be exclusively located outside of the West. The metropolis, zenith of Western civilization, will be a property of the third world. What will be the consequences of this paradigm shift? What theoretical framework could guide the turbulent growth of cities in emerging regions and what will be the repercussions for the West as a former front runner?

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Plastiki Adventures - Jo Royle - PICNIC '10

Jo Royle is internationally recognized as one of Europe’s leading female ocean yacht skippers. Jo’s passion for ocean adventure has launched her into a professional sailing career, whose accolades to-date include being one of the few sailors to have circumnavigated South Georgia in the Southern Ocean.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

The Penumbra of Authorship: Fetish Objects and Digital Notoriety - Cory Doctorow - PICNIC'10

How do you design an object that trades on the unique physical aspects of a freely copyable digital work? As more and more artists experiment with free downloads and paid premium items, we've begun a glorious arms-race to see who can create and sell the most outrageous, artisanal, limited items. It's a perfect storm of maker culture, free culture, and independent arts.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Redesign Memories - Aza Raskin - PICNIC '10

Your past actions are the best predictor of your future decisions. Your past actions – or the memory of your past actions – have always been immutable. But what if they weren't? What if marketers could meddle with your memories and insert product placements where they weren't before? Who would we be? What implications would it have for how we live? What if this wasn't all hypothetical? In this talk, Aza Raskin will tell you how to do the meddling, so that we can figure out how to stop it. Otherwise, our memories won't be pristine for long.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Programming Life: Living Software - Stephen Emmott - PICNIC '10

‘Synthetic Biology’ has received much attention recently with the announcement by Craig Venter of the first ‘synthetic organism’. It is a field in its infancy, and a field where the challenges, concerns, issues and potential are largely unprecedented. But synthesizing the DNA of a known organism and re-inserting it into a ‘shell’ (ala first ‘synthetic organism’) is just a start.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Thinking About Risk - Denise Caruso - PICNIC '10

How can societies encourage innovation in the life sciences, and still protect the public from unreasonable risks?

Those who design or modify living organisms have long claimed there is little or no risk to what they do. As a result, billions (at least) of genetically engineered plants, animals and bacteria have been released into the wild.

But terms like “bioengineering” and “biotechnology” imply a knowledge of the mechanics of living things that is simply untrue by any reasonable standard.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Engage! schreeuwt mee: Utrecht schreeuwt om cultuur

Zaterdag 20 november komt de volledige Nederlandse cultuursector in actie tegen de forse aangekondigde bezuinigingen door het kabinet.

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Saturday, 20 November, 2010 - 14:00 to 15:30

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