Communities seeking post-pandemic strategies are invited to participate in Future Ways of Living III

MONTREAL, April 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In an effort to demonstrate the power of innovation and collaboration through transdisciplinary problem solving, the Columbia Center for Public Research and Leadership, George brown college – Institute without Boundaries (IwB), MEET Digital Culture Center and World Design Organization (WDO)® jointly formed the FWoL III: Urban Solutions Lab – the consortium leading the third iteration of the Future Ways of Living (FWoL) project. Leverage expertise, ideas and collective relationships FWoL III: Urban Solutions Lab aims to offer a unique process of engagement and solution to empower cities and communities in their COVID-19 recovery and reinvention plans through the use of transdisciplinary systems and Design Thinking strategies to emerge from the pandemic with a better, more livable and equitably integrated future for all.

“The Future Ways of Living initiative began in 2015 as a way to challenge thought leaders, students, faculty, design professionals and business stakeholders around the world to imagine how we want live in the future and how technology and design thinking could support and enhance our vision of that future,” said Luigi FerraraDean of the Center for Arts, Design and Information Technology at George brown college. “I am excited to launch this next phase of the Future Ways of Living project with our partners as a way to further connect with cities and global communities to explore challenges and contribute to a better future for all.”

the FWoL III: Urban Solutions Lab seeks to partner with approximately eight host cities or communities willing to develop new visions for their future. Harnessing multidisciplinary design thinking, the initiative will allow cities or communities to reinvent systems and strategies, developing through a series of virtual interdisciplinary workshops, called “charrettes”. Themes explored in this edition may include: arts, culture and entertainment; education; environment and density reduction; food; health; lodging; justice and security; and mobility.

“As cities around the world emerge from the pandemic and look to the future, they will need new tools and strategies to design impactful solutions to improve and preserve the well-being of their communities,” said declared the president of WDO, David Kusuma. “WDO has been compelled to partner on such an important initiative to help build new, more inclusive and resilient solutions for post-pandemic living, and we look forward to seeing the significant results that will undoubtedly emerge from this collaboration in coming years. “

As noted James S. Liebmanfounder of the Columbia Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), “cities and communities around the world face existential issues such as climate change, structural inequality and the movement of people – that only well-led public institutions and led by the communities they serve with access to cross-disciplinary expertise can solve. Yet cities and communities around the world are facing a breakdown in trust in public institutions. FWoL III makes an essential contribution to the revitalizing the strong and inclusive institutions the world needs.

Drawing on years of interdisciplinary research and experience, FWoL III: Urban Solutions Lab will aim to develop a series of innovative ideas and strategies that can then be integrated by any community in the world to address key challenges. The results should be presented to Digifest 2023GBC’s annual festival and conference showcasing digital literacy, creativity and innovation, and as part of the 2025 World Expo in Osaka (Japan).

The project is also currently seeking to identify private and public partnership opportunities to help build a network of solution-building participants. Those interested in getting involved in the project should contact: Caitlin Plewesresponsible for special projects at the Institut sans frontières: [email protected]

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The Columbia Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) works to revitalize education and other public systems while reinventing professional education. Through its unique multidisciplinary and inclusive leadership training program, CPRL uses high-impact consulting projects for public organizations to equip graduate students with the concepts, skills, and experience needed to lead transformative change. The CPRL is a founding partner of the Coalition for Transdisciplinary Professional Training (TPEC).

The IwB is a Torontobased on a design studio, think tank, and university program that focuses on the practice of collaborative design with the goals of social, ecological, and economic innovation through design research and strategy. The IwB’s interdisciplinary and collaborative values ​​bring together diverse communities of researchers, designers, students, faculty, stakeholders, and community members to delve into diverse topics and tackle complex challenges. At the heart of the IwB’s work are genuine projects of public, local and global significance that are carried out by students, faculty and industry experts, either through the IwB academic program, either through research initiatives or creative projects. This in-depth work has resulted in a body of knowledge and publications that can be used to shape policy recommendations and the design and development of spaces, products and services of a systemic nature.

MEET is the first Italian digital cultural center created by Meet the Media Guru, with the fundamental support of Fondazione Cariplo. The first partner is the platform for reflection, ideas and events focused on innovation and digital that art critic and expert in digital culture Maria Grazia Mattei founded in 2005; the second partner is one of the world’s most philanthropic organizations whose goal is to help organizations better serve their communities and give ideas a future.

World Design Organization (WDO) ® is an international non-governmental organization and the international voice of industrial design. We champion design for a better world, promoting and sharing knowledge about innovation focused on industrial design that improves the economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life. Today, WDO serves more than 170 member organizations, representing thousands of industrial designers around the world.

Media Contacts: Andrea Clay, Director of Legal Strategy and Policy, [email protected], Center for Public Research and Leadership, Columbia University; Caitlin Plewes, Special Projects Manager, [email protected], Institute Without Borders; Rosanna DiNuzzo, international projects, [email protected], MEET Digital Cultural Center; Andréa Springer, Director of Programs and Communications, [email protected]world design organization

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