Keynotes

Prof. Otto von Busch
Parsons School of Design, The New School, USA

Dr. Otto von Busch is associate professor of Integrated Design at Parsons school of design, The New School, in New York City. He has a background in arts, craft, design and theory and has taught and exhibited globally. In his artistic research practice he explores the emergence of a new hacktivist designer role, where the designer engages participants into a collective experience of hands-on empowerment. Taking inspiration from various forms of social activism, this is an engaged and collective process of enablement, creative resistance and DIY practice, where a community shares and develops new capabilities of craftsmanship for social engagement. This work especially highlights how the powers of fashion can be bent to achieve a positive personal and social condition with which the Everyperson is free to grow to their full potential.

Prof. Jacqueline M. Cramer
Utrecht University, Utrecht Sustainabality Institute, The Netherlands

Prof. Jacqueline Cramer is member of the Amsterdam Economic Board, particularly in charge of the circular economy and Professor of Sustainable Innovation at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Before, she was Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment for the Labour Party (2007 –2010) in the Netherlands. Her background is primarily related to industry, working as a consultant for many years with more than 200 companies on the implementation of sustainable entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and circular economy. She represents a unique mix of academic track record, top level political experience and down to earth activism ranging from eco-design, circular economy and practical sustainability to fighting against marine plastic pollution.

Prof. Heike Derwanz
University of Oldenburg, Germany

Heike Derwanz is professor of Material Culture in Educational Settings at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. As a cultural anthropologist and art historian specializing in metropolitan culture and lifestyle she researches urban textile practices in households and their embeddedness in city infrastructures. In her projects about everyday clothing practices in times of fast fashion, minimalism and other degrowth-practices she is interested in social and economic practices of creative innovators and entrepreneurs. The fact that Heike Derwanz has gained deep knowledge on the material culture of clothing in her ethnographic research adds much authenticity and colour to her presentations.

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