I was kindly invited to speak about my work in September by Aidan Walker, curator of the Design Junction seminars. It’s always fun, if nerve wracking, to be asked to speak about what I’m doing with design storytelling and particularly with Creative Data.
I was especially pleased to be speaking at a mainstream London Design Festival event such as Design Junction, rather than a sustainability side show. I think it’s good news that curators like Aidan are programming a diverse range of speakers that use environmental design at the core of their work.
I was on stage alongside the NYC design firm UHURU who make beautiful furniture and interiors from sustainably sources materials. I think our different approaches contrasted nicely on the common theme of social and environmental awareness.
We saw some amazing entries, but picked a real corker of a winner. The Ice Cream for Change campaign – a funny, entertaining, meaningful concept to promote gay rights in Russia for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
On July 3rd I went to the New Blood Awards ceremony and got to meet the amazing women creatives behind the winning entry – Francesca Van Haverbeke, Anne-Grit Maier, Daria Rustambekova from the Miami Ad School in Hamburg.
The Green Awards are growing in size and reputation each year and I’m honoured to be part of the 2011 judging panel. I was asked to judge the ‘Best Green Advertising and PR’ and Best Green Service Innovation’ categories and was able to take part in the judging process for the Grand Prix. It was an interesting process of evaluation with a group of brilliant people around the table. I look forward to the glittering awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum at the end of November when the winners will be justly feted.
The dynamic Tyler Moorehead of Big Picture TV was commissioned to make a film for WWF about sustainability and business to celebrate the organisation’s 50th birthday. I was honoured to be invited to contribute my views on camera alongside some great names in sustainability. I was even more amazed that I made the final cut. Watch my blink-and-you’ll-miss-me-appearance in the WWF 50th Anniversary video.
“Dedicated to raising awareness about socially responsible business practices, HEC Paris is proud to host its 6th Annual Social Business Conference ‘Our Decision Today, Our Impact Tomorrow’ on 5-6 May 2009.
This event, hosted in partnership with Net Impact, brings together key corporate, not-for-profit and government decision makers, forefront philanthropists and the next generation of leaders from the international business school community.”
Leonora took part in the panel discussion entitled ‘Socially Conscious Services and Responsible Products: Sustainable design of consumer products’ alongside Ralph Bremenkamp (Frog Design), Sara Pax (Blue Horse Associates) and Dr. Brigitte Monsou Tantawy, Associate Professor, HEC Paris. The moderator for the panel was Frédéric Dalsace, Professor, HEC Paris.