A big group of students from various design related disciplines and their two faculty members Susan and Don from Oberlin College (USA) came to have a two intense work weeks in Amsterdam based at Lloyds hotel who gave all public space for interaction. The weeks were set up with full program learning and working the principles of slow design as how slowLab has defined them.
The program was lead by Carolyn Strauss and joined by BoomWehmeyer, Aafke van Essen & Alastair Fuad-Luke. On program were lots of visits to related projects and meeting Dutch design students.
Also talks hosted by designers like Ed van Hinte, Butterfly Works and a visit to the Time Foundation set up by Louis Le Roy. The end goal was to bring the slow design approach back to the Oberlin campus in Ohio and link it to the already vibrant interest in sustainability and environmental responsibility that is flourishing there.
The participants are eager to continue their dialogue and Meeting the Other in a new and sustainable way. It was exciting to see and sense a cultural exchange in discussion and looking into the deeper needs and views on design and environment. Meeting the other, reflect and revisit to expand the possibilities of sustainable participation. These 2 weeks Exchange of ideas and meeting the other are fundament for a great attitude for change.