Open Design, what can we learn from bees?
A debate at the Design Council in London explores the potential of open design and its impacts on professional designers, highlighting the risks of handing design over to non-specialists.
The event, which will take place on the 27th of September, is called "Bee Lab breakfast" and is inspired by the Bee Lab Citizen Project, an initiative that supports the practice of beekeeping through the co-creation of technology that help people become more effective and sustainable beekeepers.
A multidisciplinary team of design researchers and technologists (Rob Philips , The Horizon Digital Economy Research, Technology Will Save Us, entomologists (The British Bee Keeping Association) and social innovators ( The Honey Club ) are working with beekeepers to monitor the health of their honey bees by co-creating discreet, digital monitoring devices in a series of workshops.
The debate will investigates how communities can play an important role in supporting communities of bees and will also look at a open design from a wider perspective. What role professional designers play in this process? What are the benefits and pitfalls within open design?
Speakers include, among the others, Tom Hulme, Design Director at IDEO and founder of OpenIDEO and Steven Bamford, Professional Astronomer at the University of Nottingham and Science Director of the Citizen Science Alliance.
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Bee Lab breakfast
Dates, opening hours, entrance
8.30am (breakfast with honey)
Design Council, Angel Building, 407 Saint John Street EC1V London
Professional astronomer at the University of Nottingham and Science Director of the Citizen Science Alliance
Professor of Design at Kingston University and Director at From Now On. Co-Director of Fixperts.
Human geographer at the University of Reading
Design Director at IDEO and founder of OpenIDEO
Product designer and open design researcher
Conservation officer at the Sussex Wildlife Trust, a leading nature organisation.