Speakers are called upon to critique, challenge, and liberate how we think about the future, moving away from the stock ideas and dominant discourse popularized by today’s saturated media landscape. Together we will share outstanding work, radical practices, and pedagogical approaches to inclusive innovation.

The 2019 program is organized by Design Futures Initiative in collaboration with the School of Design Strategies at The New School.

You can now view all talks on our Vimeo Page. (except Paola Antonelli which we were not permitted to record)


Paola Antonelli

Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design Museum of Modern Art

Manoj Fenelon

Program Director of Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design. Former Director of Pepsico Foresight & Innovation


Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth

Founders of Parsons & Charlesworth, Faculty in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Matthew Manos

Founder and Managing Director of verynice. Author of Toward a Preemptive Social Enterprise


Ytasha L. Womack

Filmmaker, dancer, independent scholar, and author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture  

Tina Fung

Designer at Meld Studios


José de la O

Full Time Professor / Director Studio Monterrey Institute of Technology / Studio José de la O

Joe Tankersley

Futurist / Unique Visions


Benedikt Groß & Raphael Reimann

BG: Speculative and Computational Designer

RR: Content & Media Lead / REACH NOW GmbH / lab

Pupul Bisht

Founder / Decolonizing Futures Initiative


Anthony D Paul

Innovation Lab Manager & Design Futurist

GE Transportation Stickie Lab


Reynaldo Anderson & Alix Gerber

Reynaldo Anderson: Ph.D. Harris-Stowe State University / Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM)

Alix Gerber: Design Researcher / Washington University in St. Louis / Design Radical Futures

Lonny Avi  Brooks & Jason Tester

Lonny Avi: Associate Professor and Afrofuturist & Afroqueer forecaster / California State University, East Bay

Jason Tester: Research Affiliate / Institute For The Future (IFTF)


Laura Dusi & & Francisca Limberger

Laura Dusi: Strategic Design Consultant / Echos - innovation lab

Francisca Limberger: Strategic Design Lead/ Echos innovation lab


Sam Holleran with Dodo VÖgler

SH: Writer, Urban & Social Design Lead / Ellery Studio

DV: Co-Founder / Ellery Studio



Futurist / Foresight Lead, Accelerated by Design / Website


Yin Aiwen

Designer, Theorist & Strategist / Studio Yin Aiwen / Website


Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde

Artist / Designer / Educator / iyapo repository