The Kaleidoscope Videos

‘You’ve described a very interesting project and one that could fill a critically important void.’

David Orr.

The Kaleidoscope videos are conversations with experts on sustainability, design and innovation, aiming to reflect and generate actions between a diverse range of disciplines.

We interviewed a variety of people who have been working around sustainability for years all with different approaches; Science, Business, Graphic, Fashion and Industrial designers, Psychologist, Architects and Academics from different parts of the world; the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, Austria, Spain and Germany.

Here is the trailer, please watch it and share it!

Participants:

Ramon Arratia European Sustainability Director at InterfaceFlor

Eric Benson Graphic Designer Co-founder of Re-Nourish

Dr. Jonathan Chapman Reader & Course Leader of the MA Sustainable Design at University of Brighton

Jo Confino Executive Editor of the Guardian Chairman & Editorial Director of Guardian Sustainable Business

Dr. Kate Fletcher Slow Fashion consultant & Reader in Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion

Mark Gawlinski Senior Lecturer in Leadership specialising in Organisational Change

Nick Gant Co-Director of the Inheritable Futures Laboratory & Co-founder of BoBo Design

Ken Garland Visionary & Co-creator of First things First manifesto. Ken is a Graphic Designer & visiting lecturer at many design schools across the globe

Dr. Caneel Joyce Lecturer at the London School of Economics

Dr. Mike Pitts Sustainability Manager at Chemistry Innovation & Project Leader Resource Efficiency at Technology Strategy Board

Nathan Shedroff is a pioneer in Experience Design. Writer, lecturer and chair of the MBA in Design Strategy at California College of Arts

Ignacio Urbina Polo Industrial Designer and assistant professor at Pratt University, New York and Venezuela

Alberto Villarreal Industrial Designer & Co-founder of Agent

The videos are split into four different values; Balance, Meaning, Innovation and Culture. Asking how each value is seen and practised today and how they should be practiced in order to move towards a better future. The last video focuses on the tools and skills that we need to get to that better future. Acting as a call to arms for designers and professionals about the need for rethink the way we practice our disciplines.

Here is a short film explaining all of this!

Please interact with them, leave a comment, challenge them and most of all share them.

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Meaning, The Kaleidoscope Video

What is the Kaleidoscope Project?
Interviews and conversations with experts on sustainability, design and innovation, reflecting theory and generating actions between a diverse range of disciplines including design [product, fashion, graphic, web, architects and interiors], science, art, activists, business, psychology and academia.

The 5 Kaleidoscope Videos, split into four different values; Balance, Meaning, Innovation and Culture. During each interview we asked how each value is seen and practised today and how they should be practiced in order to move towards a better future. The last video focuses on the tools and skills that we need to get to that better future, acting as a call to arms for designers and professionals about the need for rethink the way we practice our disciplines.

This short film is about Meaning.

Culture, The Kaleidoscope Video


Culture, The Kaleidoscope Videos. from Engage by Design on Vimeo.

What is the Kaleidoscope Project?
Interviews and conversations with experts on sustainability, design and innovation, reflecting theory and generating actions between a diverse range of disciplines including design [product, fashion, graphic, web, architects and interiors], science, art, activists, business, psychology and academia.

The 5 Kaleidoscope Videos, split into four different values; Balance, Meaning, Innovation and Culture. During each interview we asked how each value is seen and practised today and how they should be practiced in order to move towards a better future. The last video focuses on the tools and skills that we need to get to that better future, acting as a call to arms for designers and professionals about the need for rethink the way we practice our disciplines.

This short film is about Culture.


Balance, The Kaleidoscope Video


Balance, The Kaleidoscope Project from Engage by Design on Vimeo.

What is the Kaleidoscope Project?
Interviews and conversations with experts on sustainability, design and innovation, reflecting theory and generating actions between a diverse range of disciplines including design [product, fashion, graphic, web, architects and interiors], science, art, activists, business, psychology and academia. This project tackles these conversations with two supporting outcomes.

The first is the 5 Kaleidoscope Videos, split into four different values; Balance, Meaning, Innovation and Culture. During each interview we asked how each value is seen and practised today and how they should be practiced in order to move towards a better future. The last video focuses on the tools and skills that we need to get to that better future, acting as a call to arms for designers and professionals about the need for rethink the way we practice our disciplines.

This short film is about Balance.

Campus Party

Campus Party is the largest Internet event in the world, with several different ‘parties’ being held all over the globe. For seven days they open their doors to thousands of people all working in the digital sector. Campus party believe that the human factor is at the heart of the festival and run by the slogan ‘The Internet is not a network of computers, it’s a network of PEOPLE’.

The event has evolved into a 7-day, 24-hour festival connecting online communities, gamers, programmers, bloggers, governments, universities and students and has a broad focus, covering technology innovation and electronic entertainment, with an emphasis on free software, programming, astronomy, social media, gaming, green technology, robotics, security networks and computer modeling.Their stated goal is to bring together the best talent in areas regarding technology and Internet to share experiences and innovate for a “better tomorrow”#.

In collaboration with ‘Apolorama a popular online cultural magazine, and Sari Dennise  the volunteer coordinator of Campus Party Mexico, we were invited to hold a 30 minute video call workshop from the UK with the Campus Party Mexico in Mexico City.
Using one of our values; innovation, as a tool for social change as the basis for the workshop, we asked ‘what is innovation?’. We outlined the Kaleidoscope project and then introduced the concept of innovation* as we see it. For the most of the developers, gamers and participants once we asked the question ‘what is innovation? the response was associated to words like new and the development of technology.

As the workshop was held online we had support in Mexico from the Apolorama team. We presented a slide show which shares the main following ideas;

1.-Explore the perception of Innovations under The Kaleidoscope Project scope.

2.-The kaleidoscope Project diagram.

3.-Intervention and innovation as a social revulsive.

4.-Examples of innovation? from iPhone 1, 5, GMC (genetic modified crops), hummer limousine, chocolate 3d printer, COMA Torolab, Clorus bulbs and mobile apps.

5.-Our understanding of innovation.

6.-The process to be innovative, beta stage as trigger for action and development.

The feedback was really positive from the participants. The Q&A at the end of the workshop shows their attitude and awarenes to develop meaningful innovations with a different paradigm.

About us

Engage By Design

Engage by Design (EbD) is a Sustainable Design Research Studio co founded by Zoë Olivia John & Rodrigo Bautista.

We specialise in designing strategic interventions that aim to support the transformation of a product or service into a more sustainable one.

We act as a platform that enables dialogues and actions between a diverse range of disciplines around sustainability and design through creative outputs and workshops. We help to empower our partners and collaborators to generate meaningful change through opening conversations & providing space for reflection.

Zoe & Rodrigo both bring assortedbackgrounds to EbD enabling truly distinct abilities and perspectives. These skills have been developed from a range of past projects that including creative design research and development of; systems, future visioning, product, commercial interiors & fashion.


Rodrigo Bautista

Rodrigo is an award winner designer from ICSID and AIGA. He studied industrial design as a first degree and now has a double master’s degree in Branding & Communications Strategy and Sustainability studied in Mexico and the UK respectively.

Through his work in many different industries, including media, products, services and telecommunications, Rodrigo has learned different methodologies that now help him tackle projects that vary in scale and scope. Rodrigo has worked for Telmex/America Movil, Leo Burnett, Liverpool and Idea Interior studio and also volunteer for organisations such as Forum for the Future, Greenpeace and WWOOF.

In addition to his previous experience he has co-produced the two ‘Town Halls’ Designers Accord in the UK (2011-2012) exploring the themes; sustainable actions and social innovation. During 2012 he was invited as Guardian panellist to discuss how technology can enable more sustainable lifestyles in the future.

Rodrigo has been teaching industrial and experience design courses at various universities (UNUM, CUC and Anahuac in Mexico) and has been guest lecturer, including University of Brighton and Winchester School of Art in the UK.

Today, he is a proud ‘Do-Gooder’ cause/affect member. He believes that design can transcend beyond the design world and stimulate world changing ideas. Rodrigo focuses his work on creative methods, strategic interventions and approaches to sustainable innovation.

Zoë Olivia John 

Always feels a bit odd writing these things. She has done a tonne of stuff from pot washer & housekeeper, to lecturing in sustainable and responsible practices across a large range of design fields at all levels to being the Managing Director of Wilderness Wood, a centre for 21st Century Slow and Sustainable Living set in 62 acres of beautiful Sussex woodland. She was previously the head of the Designers Accord in the EU (if you are not already an affiliate – get thee there), is a founding member for the Brighton Chapter of Good for Nothing, a community of thinkers, do-ers, makers and tinkerers applying their skills and energy to accelerate the work of cause-led innovators and change makers & is keen on developing her work with brands helping them integrate sustainability in all its guises.

If you really want to, you can see her work history here.

I see it like this – Finite planet with a hellava lot of social and behavioural issues. I would like to help change that. If you would like to know more, lets chat. Its much more fun.

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