Agents of alternatives – Re-designing our realities


In 2014 I gave a contribution to Agents of Alternatives with an interview:

Agents of Alternatives is an independently published open book exploring the visions, actions, tools and impacts of change agents, thinkers and ‘happeners’ (those who make things happen!). It shows the creative processes and tools for designing positive societal transitions. These transitions are revealed by showing the new hybrid relationships being forged between alternative approaches to learning, living, making, socialising, thinking and working.

Agents of Alternatives enables professionals, amateurs and citizens to understand the rich possibilities of creating and designing together in open, participatory and imaginative ways. It provides an integrated and systemic collection of case studies, essays and interviews from well-known international contributors and local activists, collated by an international team of editors.

The book was assembled by a team of international contributing editors from art and design education, practice and activism – Alastair Fuad-Luke (who I met at Open Design Conference in Barcelona), Anja-Lisa Hirscher (see video below) and Katharina Moebus.

They have previously published works including Design Activism and The Eco-design Handbook and chapters in a range of books including: Helsinki Beyond Dreams; Sustainable Fashion; The Sustainable Design Handbook; Longer Lasting Products;  and Designers, Visionaries and Other Stories and all taught and researched at Aalto University’s Department of Design. The co-editors are all active in contributing to and co-organising diverse projects and blogs – see Make{able}Mode UncutTrade School Berlin and Window874.

Make{able} Summer edition from makeable on Vimeo.

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