Distributed Innovation: Technologies, Communities and Ecosystems

Shedding light on the Master in Design for Distributed Innovation through two captivating discussions

  • Feb 23, 2024

Standing at the intersection of urban planning, technology, and sustainability, the Master in Design for Distributed Innovation (MDDI) offers a unique methodology to tackle complex challenges. Addressing the ways we produce and consume (almost) everything, the program proposes a methodology to deconstruct complex problems through a systemic approach to identify different but interconnected design opportunities by reconfiguring technologies, communities and ecosystems for a positive planetary impact.

Throughout DigitalFutures, MDDI took center stage with two captivating panel discussions exploring the crossroads between technology, humanity, and a new economy fueled by distributed manufacturing and data infrastructure. We delved into the potential of open platforms to facilitate local production on a global scale and explored cutting-edge digital fabrication strategies that promise to reshape our cities and communities.

One of the sessions focused on “Regenerative Materials for a Circular Economy”, where Alysia Garmulewicz, a leading voice in circular economy research, shed light on the urgent need for sustainable material solutions. With alarming statistics on plastic waste looming over us, Alysia urged a paradigm shift towards regenerative practices, emphasizing the abundance of biopolymers in nature and the imperative to design for biological and technical loops.

But MDDI’s approach is not just theoretical – the program provides hands-on, practical learning experiences. Alysia highlighted the course’s emphasis on regional context, encouraging participants to explore materials development within their own communities. From drawing inspiration from living systems to understanding nutrient flows, MDDI offers a holistic approach to sustainable innovation.

Lorenzo Patuzzo, a social entrepreneur and founder of AkashaHub, brought another dimension to the conversation, discussing the intersection of blockchain and collective intelligence within communities. Through open systems and collaborative platforms, AkashaHub fosters collective action towards societal change, empowering individuals to unlock their potential and drive meaningful projects. In its vibrant space, ideas flourish, and projects take shape, spanning diverse fields from energy consumption to food production. The place stands a testament to the power of community-driven innovation, where collaboration is essential, and solutions emerge from collective minds.

As we navigate the complexities of a rapidly changing world, MDDI offers not just education but a roadmap towards a more sustainable and equitable future. With each discussion, each collaboration, we get closer to realizing the vision of a world where innovation serves humanity and the planet alike.

Discover the Master in Design for Distributed Innovation and start reconfiguring technologies, communities, and ecosystems for a positive planetary impact.

Feb 23, 2024