I was recently appointed to the international board of advisors for the Sristhi Institute for Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India, whose founding director is friend and colleague Geetha Narayanan. Geetha is an educator with over four decades of experience as a teacher, an educator, a curriculum and instruction designer. At all times a catalyst Dr. Narayanan has tried over the years to evolve paradigms of learning that integrate the mind, body and consciousness and in the last few years has worked at creating collaborative pedagogical frameworks for the teaching of mathematics, science and languages within the Indian educational system at the informal and formal levels of schooling.
In particular I will be helping with the new PhD program of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology; a recognized Research Center of Manipal University for a PhD program in Art and Design. Six scholars joined the program in 2014. Nine more scholars from India and abroad, are expected to join Srishti’s PhD program in 2015.
The advisors are an interesting cross section of the international art design and technology community of practice !
Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab and the Chairman of the Board of PureTech Health. He is also on the Board of Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, The MacArthur Foundation, The Knight Foundation, and The Mozilla Foundation and the co-founder and board member of Digital Garage. He is a member of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Center of Innovation (COI) STREAM governance committee.
Brandon Gien is the CEO of Good Design Australia and current President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), the world organisation for Industrial Design. Through his work with ICSID, he co-founded the World Design Impact Prize to honour design-driven projects that make a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life.
Ezio Manzini has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focused on social innovation, considered a major driver of sustainable changes. With this perspective he startedDESIS: an international network of schools of design specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.
As Special Advisor to the Minister for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, he was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. He was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 Television and executive assistant to Lord Puttnam as the Chairman of the film company Enigma Productions Ltd. As a policy advisor to the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Neil Kinnock, MP, he had responsibility for environmental and cultural issues, amongst others.
Soon-In Lee has been a lecturer in design management at graduate school. He was also Dean of International Design School for Advanced Studies of Hong-ik University. Soon-In Lee was President (2011-2013) of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). Soon-In Lee was Chair of the Korea Design & Brand Management Society, and General director for Gwangju Design Biennale 2007. Since 2003, he has been the Chair of Asia Design Network and Korea 3D Printing Culture Forum. At present Soon-In Lee is Executive Managing Director of Seoul Design Center.