Rhode Island School of Design Presents Shared Voices: The 2014 RISD Presidential Speaker Series
School of Design presents its third season of Shared Voices: The RISD Presidential Speaker Series, with special
guest speaker Robin Chase on Tuesday,
April 22 at 7:30PM in the RISD Auditorium [Canal Walkway at Market Square,
Providence]. A transportation entrepreneur, Chase is the founder of Zipcar,
Buzzcar and Veniam Works. She will talk about how we can build a sustainable
new economy through collaboration and sharing. This event is open to the public
free of charge, but advance registration is necessary and available on a
first-come, first-served basis at sharedvoices.risd.edu.
Shared Voices offers a forum for
welcoming some of the most expansive thinkers of our time to RISD. Each shares
our community’s commitment to the exchange of ideas and to the potential for
innovation when artists, designers, activists, technologists, social scientists
and other scholars come together to learn from one another. Faculty co-hosts
welcome each speaker to campus and facilitate interaction with students prior
to the main event – a public conversation in the evening.
President Rosanne Somerson worked with faculty members to select Chase as the
featured guest speaker for the 2014 series. This conversation is co-hosted by Associate
Professor of Industrial Design Andrew Law and Assistant Professor of History,
Philosophy + Social Sciences Jennifer Prewitt-Freilino.
presentation, Together, Building the
Sustainable New Economy, will focus on transitioning from the old
Industrial Economy to the new Collaboration Economy, which is changing how we
work, how we build businesses, and how
we use resources. She will explore the future of this economy, with companies
partnering with individuals to deliver local, customized, specialized goods –
and how, as we confront a challenging future, we build a path towards community
“RISD is a place where critical makers are
inventing the future every day,” notes RISD Interim President Rosanne Somerson.
“New tools and methods are enabling bold, inventive ways of working, and
systems of production and distribution that reshape our relationship to the
world and to ‘ownership’. We are thrilled to welcome Robin Chase to campus, to
learn more about her leadership role in creating a sustainable new economy, and
to hear her thoughts on our emerging culture of cooperation and sharing.”
information about the speaker and information on registration can be found at sharedvoices.risd.edu.
Shared Voices speakers include
bioethicist Juan Enriquez; particle physicist Lisa Randall; co-founder
of Wired magazine Kevin Kelly; award-winning MIT professor and computer scientist Hal
Abelson; and psychologist, behavioral economist and Duke University professor
can view their talks online at sharedvoices.risd.edu.
Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international reputation as
the leading college of art and design in the United States. Recently ranked #1 in Business Insider’s survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools,
approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing
full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 studio
majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of
artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its
hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which critical thinking
informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal arts provide an
essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates to become critical and
informed individuals eager to engage with the world. Through the
accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and
designers play in satisfying the global demand for innovation. Founded
in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the
RISD Museum of Art help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active
and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit www.risd.edu or our.risd.edu.