Designers vs. the World: are we helping or hurting progress?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

Scott Berkun presents "Designers vs. the World: are we helping or hurting progress?" on September 20th at 5pm in Margaret Morrison A11.

There are more designers employees today than ever in history - but what have we really achieved? Is design-thinking something new, or a recasting of well worn problem solving methods? Have we learned the right lessons from legends like Viktor Papanek, Buckminster Fuller and Henry Dreyfuss? Or do our egos drive our choices (and designs) more than we think? Join this informal and highly interactive talk about a book in progress. Bring your opinions, questions and pet manifestos. 

Scott Berkun (H&SS, ’94) is the best selling author of Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants: & The Future of Work. He worked as a leader and designer at Microsoft from 1994 to 2003 and at from 2010 to 2012. He is currently a full time author and speaker and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Forbes, The Economist and other media. He’s a contributor to Harvard Business and BusinessWeek, and has appeared frequently on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN and NPR for his expertise on various subjects. He gives 20 to 30 lectures a year around the world at major events, corporations and universities, often as the keynote speaker. He runs a popular blog with videos, podcasts, and essays, at