ICSID Design 2050

Arnold Wasserman’s Introductory and Concluding Addresses at ICSID Design2050

My job at ICSID Design2050 in Singapore was to be the voice from the year 2050. In my introduction I looked back 4 decades at the initiation of Design2050 in 2009. In my conclusion I summarized how Design2050 became a global redesign movement over the intervening 4 decades and where we had arrived by 2050.

Here are:

Design2050 Lives!

It was a huge success at the ICSID World Congress, Singapore.

700 Attendees took a memorable round trip forty years into the future led by nine Design Masters.

The Design2050 web site that led up to the Singapore event has been retooled as a groupsite to support the continuing work of Design2050 by DesignSingapore. It is now open to all as the Design2050 Studios. As we had hoped, a stream of new members are signing up. There are as of now 234 new group members, 180 discussions and 55 blog posts you can join.

All the proceedings, presentations, panels, videos and images from the event are in process of being uploaded to the site.

Also available for download is the  original Design2050 Book that summarizes the Design2050 theme and the nine Design2050Studio projects. (It is a large pdf file. When you click on the link above you will get a window with a message: “Error, Document Failed to Convert.” Click on the refresh icon at the top right of the window and the document will then download.)

If you Google “Design 2050 Singapore”,  you will get several more pages about the emerging Design2050 movement.

Design2050 Theme at ICSID 2009 World Congress, Singapore

It appears that the ICSID (International Councils of Societies of Industrial Design) World Congress in Singapore will attract 800  attendees – surprisingly good for these difficult times when all but essential business travel is being curtailed. The Design2050 theme I proposed is being carried out by Nine international Design Masters who will present the future scenario work of their Design2050 Studios and over the course of 3 days will lead  the 800 attendees in workshops to further explore the studios’  propositions for Redesigning Life on Earth.

See descriptions of the Congress and the Design2050 theme at:

Design2050 Theme

Congress Home Page

The Clear-eyed Truth About AfPak, Finally

U.S. official resigns over Afghan war

Foreign Service officer and former Marine captain says he no longer knows why his nation is fighting

Marine hero Matthew Hoh has made a heart-rending decision of conscience, destroying his Foreign Service career to say what everybody except our delusional leaders in Washington knows – that America’s presence in Afghanistan achieves nothing except to fuel an endless Pashtun insurgency. Here is the Washington Post article: U.S. Official Resigns in Protest
Read the articulate words of a brave patriot and support him in a letter to your Senator, Congressman and President to end the purposeless slaughter of American kids in Afghanistan.