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Transdisciplinarity for Futures Design

  • The New School, New York (US) 66 West 12th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

“Disciplines, like nations, are a necessary evil that enable human beings of bounded rationality to simplify the structure of their goals. But parochialism is everywhere, and the world sorely needs international and interdisciplinary travellers who will carry new knowledge from one enclave to another” - Herbert Simon

The gap between socio-political institutions and technical systems is widening, the complexity of the planetary challenges is deepening. Analytical philosophy and positivist humanities struggle to explain the fundamental societal shifts, providing mostly "l'esprit d'escalier" wisdoms. We are about to enter or in fact already are finding ourselves in the new (dark or just different?) age. 
How can we design impactful responses to the universal challenges in this context? 
When disciplinary foresight and predictive models are failing, transdisciplinary paradigms of knowledge production and meaning making are the essential components for the design of the better futures. 

Following the introduction by John Bruce, Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design, the co-founders of Avenir Institute Denis Maksimov and Timo Tuominen will speak about the Institute and its approaches to transdisciplinary design based on the cases from the research and development practice. The talk will be followed by an open conversation with Jack Wilkinson, Samuel Haddix and the audience. 

Event is free and is open for everyone in and outside of Parsons School of Design/The New School. 

The New School
66 West 12th Street, New York, US
Room 702
'A702' is on the 7th floor of Johnson/ Kaplan Hall, located at 66 W 12th St., near where 12th St. and 6th Ave. intersect.