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We Are Societal Impact
Foundation We Are

We Are Societal Impact

Collaborative design for government, society, media, ethics and justice.

All week at Hallen (south entrance) | Campina

What is the role of Design in the age of climate change, artificial intelligence and moral vacuum? Foundation We Are presents the position design and its research should take in the Anthropocene.

The design collective Foundation We Are initiated by Austrian designer Bernhard Lenger is releasing its five new programs in the exhibition “we are societal impact” during Dutch Design Week 2019 at their new headquarters in the old Campina milk factory in Eindhoven. The exhibition covers five areas of society in which the collective is taking actions and according to the collective design needs to play a role in the future. Those are Systems of Governance, Culture of Information, Civic Society, Ethics in Technology and Justice in the Anthropocene.

Shown works include a letter to all newly elected members of the European parliament, an investigation on the environmental and human impact of sugar in Nicaragua, an interactive installation researching the usage of ethics in algorithms, a methodology to improve special education for kids and an event on the collaboration between design and journalism.

We Are Environmental Justice

Kornelia Dimitrova + Bernhard Lenger
We Are Environmental Justice, is an initiative of Kornelia Dimitrova and Bernhard Lenger, to make justice accessible. A current investigation, based in Nicaragua will be shown, to demonstrate how material evidence and witness testimony can be combined in reconstructing acts of ecocide.
Foundation We Are intends to develop this as an open-source evidence collection platform accessible to anyone, anywhere.

Moral Lab

Kornelia Dimitrova + Bernhard Lenger
In collaboration with Dr. Bart Wernaart (Fontys University of Applied Sciences), Foundation We Are has developed a spatial research tool that collects ethical data during the course of Dutch Design Week 2019. The research tool will unfold as a facility for training algorithms, where the visitors will advise personal digital assistants in making ethical choices.

Reconstructing the Classroom

Lucandrea Baraldi, Bernhard Lenger, Noud Sleumer
In collaboration with Noud Sleumer and Lansbrekers, Foundation We Are developed a workshop which has the goal of implementing design-thinking and design-research techniques towards innovation in the dutch education system. The focus lies on exploring the classroom as a metaphor for the current education system for children and youth with special needs.
The workshop is built around two design techniques: embodiment and re-framing.

Letter to Europe

Founation We Are
Foundation We Are welcomes the newly elected European Parliament into office, with an open invitation for the MEPs to actively seek collaborations with creatives. Letter to Europe is an awareness campaign of 751 letters addressed to each MEP. The aim is to both to remind all Members of the European Parliament that their daily work involves the continuous designing of Europe, and to advocate for the value and impact design has for governmental systems.

Re:Media

Foundation We Are
With the digital revolution, traditional media for a long time neglected to readjust their practice to the new fast-evolving environment that grew around them. As many creatives look into the logics of information structures and productions, institutions often leave designers at the end of the chain making infographics for articles. We Are is organising an event on the 22nd of October at Campina where journalists and designers will be reflecting on each other's practices.
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Foundation We Are is a consulting design agency working together with experts to innovate. They use collaborative design in order to transform social and legal systems. By combining design thinking with expertise, they generate proposals and projects that bring innovation at different societal scales: neighbourhood, city, country and trans-national institutions.