Out of Lab Experience
Big Picture Session

Oct 29, 2020 / 12-1:30pm

The World we Build: Radical Sustainability

Hosted by Danielle Wood

The pursuit of sustainability and responses to global climate change are existential questions for today's society to which we must find inspiring answers. A vision for a sustainable future imagines communities from local to global finding the balance between social, economic, and environmental equity. The Media Lab community of researchers is committed to continuing and expanding our research on both sustainability and climate Change.  

The Media Lab is participating in the MIT Climate Grand Challenge process, an Institute-wide initiative to spur existing and new research that will enhance our impact on sustainability and climate. The Media Lab specifically proposes to accelerate research on the use of environmental sensing technologies and data visualization capabilities to make physical and socioeconomic data salient; the use of creative and ethical design practices to work with communities examining the use of new technologies and practices for sustainability; and the use of the arts as a form of inquiry on the challenges of sustainability and climate.

During this session, Professor Danielle Wood (Space Enabled) will curate several conversations. First, Danielle will chat with Prof David Lagomasino, a professor of Coastal Studies at East Carolina University, discussing ways the Media Lab community collaborates with specialists in areas such as coastal resilience and forestry mapping in efforts to design socially conscious environmental management methods. Then, Danielle will lead a conversation with several Media Lab faculty members –Joseph Paradiso, Fadel Adib, Kevin Esvelt and Tod Machover– who are currently working in the areas of community-focused design, artistic inquiry, and environmental sensing technologies related to climate and radical sustainability. We will explore ways that the Media Lab and our Member Community are already working to extend novel ideas in pursuit of Radical Sustainability.