What can a sustainable future look like?
We are facing demanding times with environmental, economic, geopolitical and social challenges. But another better world is possible if we see those crises as opportunities. The ability to think critically and to visualize innovative and better solutions to problems is the key definition of designers. Our society will need designing skills beyond aesthetics more than ever. It is up to us to decide: will we handle the upcoming transformations by design - or by disaster?
We invite you to meet those who have good and successful stories to tell about creative ideas that help to bring us one step further in our transformational process. In our upcoming TEDx Event “Designing the future” we bring together creators, inventors, artists and experts whose unconventional design ideas are making a change for sustainability - whether it be by networking, by business, by products, fashion or art.
Check out the inspirational talks by our visionary guests:
TV host and networking expert Janine Steeger, founder and business angel Fridtjof Detzner, artist and designer Anne Duk Hee Jordan, fashion designer and sustainability ambassador Magdalena Schaffrin and process engineer and start-up founder Anne Lamp.
Join us live on December 13th, 12.00 - 15.30. Get inspired and fueled up by those who have successful stories to tell about creative ideas that design our future.All talks are in English.
has focused her work on sustainability in fashion since 2005. Being the co-founder of several organizations, she is currently the co-CEO of studio MM04 and VORN – The Berlin Fashion Hub, a digital and physical space for positive impact within the fashion industry and culture. She is one of the initiators of the conference 202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit, a project by studio MM04, and supported the Neonyt trade fair as creative director from 2011 - 2022. In 2016 she released the book ''Fashion Made Fair'', contributed to several publications and is an experienced speaker. From 2021-2022 she has been a professor for sustainable fashion at the BSP - Business School Berlin.
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ANNE DUK HEE JORDAN
lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin and completed a Master in Fine Arts with Olafur Eliasson at the Institute for Spatial Experiments in Berlin. Her central themes are transience and transformation. She builds mechanical sculptures, integrates perfomance and creates immersive landscapes. Her sculptures are intended to sharpen the viewer's eye for the present and to open a dialogue between natural phenomena, philosophy and art. To this end, she shifts the focus away from humans
and towards the ecology as a whole.
Exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Kunsthaus Hamburg, balzer projects Basel, Nanjing/China, Tabakalera San Sebastian, etc. and many more.
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is a trained TV journalist with almost 20 years of experience in TV in front of and behind the camera. She has worked for both public and private broadcasters as an editor, reporter, presenter and in management positions. In 2015, Janine Steeger specialized in the topics of sustainability and environmental protection and successfully completed the distance learning course "Operational Environmental Management and Environmental Economics". Currently, she works in this topic area as a moderator and speaker and published her first book in 2020 - "Going Green - why you don't have to be perfect to save the climate". In 2022 she published, together with Ines Imdahl, her second book "Why women will save the world - and men are essential in doing so". She is also the co-founder of futurewoman.de, a portal where event organizers and editorial teams can specifically search for female experts in sustainability to make their programs more diverse.
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founded his first company in 1999 at the age of 16: In 2007 it became Jimdo, a website construction kit which enabled more than 25 million people to create their own website. In 2017 he shot a ten-part TV documentary with “Deutsche Welle”: The idea was simple: travel 120 days through 10 Asian countries and choose one of the 17 UN sustainability goals.
What sounded nice at first turned out to be a life changing event for him.
After this trip, he decided to invest his time and resources solely in startups that are doing significantly better than today's economy. Together with like-minded people, he founded Planet A Ventures in 2020, where they provide venture capital to scientists and founders to work on an economy within planetary boundaries.
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is co-founder and CEO of the circular bioeconomy start-up traceless materials. She has developed the technology for the production of the novel, natural-based plastic alternative traceless materials. Anne holds a PhD in process engineering from Hamburg University of Technology and has extensive experience in commercial product development and process scaling. She is also a recognized industry expert in life-cycle assessment and Cradle to Cradle.
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Liz Shoo was born in Germany, but grew up in Tanzania. After she returned to Germany’s Rhineland to attend college, she took part in DW Akademie’s trainee program – and she hasn’t left since. She's the presenter of DW's TV shows "Focus on Europe" and "The 77%". She is also working at the German public broadcaster WDR as a journalist and presenter of the news format “WDR aktuell”.
Credits photo: Annika Fußwinkel
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission as a independent internet platform around the globe for all curious and inquisitive people. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. TED Talks are then made available for free at TED.com.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience, in the spirit of ideas worth spreading. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.