Connected by Design Speaker Series

Photography by Kayla Mann


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We live in an increasingly interconnected world. Yet with increased connection comes a greater need for personal responsibility, for accountability, and for compassion, understanding and empathy; these are crucial ingredients if we are to create and sustain productive, long-lasting and inclusive communities.

To explore this topic further, we invited six panelists from differing industries: 

Dylan Rekert (VP Creative from Very Polite Agency), Juno Kim (Chef and owner of Juno Kim Catering), Jamie Gerus (Interior Designer), and Mike Cobarrubia (Art Director and Partner of Street Dreams Magazine), facilitated by myself and Harry Olson (Founder of HAO Creative).

The evening was a dynamic conversation around the role that design might play as a common language capable of forging meaning conversations and connection, by breaking down the physical, social, environmental and political boundaries that so often separate us.

60 individuals from our community joined us for the conversation and ticket proceeds were donated to Arts Umbrella.

Everyone left with enamel pins created by our panelists - a way to illustrate what we can create together through human connection and collaboration between us. 

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