Compostmodern 2013

The sixth installment of Compostmodern will kick off Friday morning (March 22) at the Palace of the Fine Arts. Presented biennially by AIGA San Francisco, the two-day conference draws speakers and attendees from around the world to examine the intersection of design and sustainability. This year’s event explores the role of designers in creating social, ecological and economic resilience.

“Sustainability implies the sustaining of a system under its current state.” said the event’s Executive Producer and Curator Sarah Brooks in a recent converastion with design mind, “Resilience accepts the inevitability of change as the status quo. It’s about responding to change and working with the unexpected.”

In a global and interconnected world, Brooks continued, “Our new normal means a lot of our challenges are nonlinear challenges.”

“Resilience science is about understanding ecological systems, which are complex, adaptive systems. Our human systems are a mirror of those. Looking at the quality of what makes a resilient system, will hopefully reveal some answers to us about what the opportunity spaces are for working more effectively in the world.”

The first day of the conference will feature a series of brief talks and conversations that map the theme of resilience on personal, community, organizational, and cross-cultural levels. On the second day, participants will break out into small groups for a Future Blitz with John Bielenberg, allowing participants to break out into small groups and reframe the previous day’s themes and questions in a personally relevant way.

“The purpose is to ground those explorations and provocations into action." Brooks explained, "As designers, a lot of the conversations we have are about changing other people’s behaviors but not necessarily addressing our own. One thing I’m really excited is exploring how we—as individual starting points as well as parts of these larger systems—can work better in the in the world and better with each other. What are the skills, techniques, and methods we need to work effectively?”

frog is excited to join the Compostmodern conversation. For more information and to register to attend click here.