• MORNING BLOCK 1: A CALL FOR OPTIMISM

    Powered by the EU Delegation in Mexico

    10:00-10:50

    This part of the programme is powered by the EU Delegation in Mexico.

  • NAAFI music

    band

    NAAFI is a DJ collective, club night, and record label based in Mexico City.

    Their explosive performance will kick-start the first day of the festival.

  • Richard van der Laken

    CEO & co-founder What Design Can Do

    What Design Can Do’s co-founder and director, Richard van der Laken, will welcome the crowd to the theatre and introduce the upcoming speakers.

  • Stefan Sagmeister – ONLINE

    GRAPHIC DESIGNER

    As a graphic designer and typographer, Stefan Sagmeister has designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. He’s a two-time Grammys winner and also earned practically every important international design award.

    Stefan Sagmeister is joining us with an online talk, thanks to the support from the EU Delegation and the Embassy of Austria in Mexico.

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  • Martha Delgado

    former Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico

    Martha Delgado Peralta is an environmentalist and the former Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

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  • Virginijus Sinkevicius – ONLINE

    European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

    Virginijus Sinkevičius is the Commissioner for Environment, ensuring the environment, oceans and fisheries remain at the core of the European Green Deal.
    Commissioner Sinkevičius is joining us in an online talk, thanks to the support from the EU Delegation in Mexico.

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  • Bob Hendrikx – ONLINE

    No Waste Challenge winner – Living Coffin

    ABOUT LIVING COFFIN

    ‘Are you waste, or are you compost?’ Probably not a question you’ve answered before, but it’s a question designer Bob Hendrikx is asking of us all with his ‘living coffin’. Loop is the world’s first fully biodegradable casket made out of mycelium fungi.

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    ABOUT THE NO WASTE CHALLENGE

    Living Coffin is one of the winners of What Design Can Do’s No Waste Challenge, which was launched earlier this year together with IKEA Foundation, to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: waste.

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    Bob Hendrikx is joining us with an online talk.

  • MORNING BLOCK 2: CIRCULAR CITIES - through the lens of the New European Bauhaus

    Powered by the EU Delegation in Mexico

    10:50-12:00

    The climate crisis is not confined within country borders, so international cooperation is vital. However, major global issues as the climate crisis have a local context, with a great diversity of political, administrative, and socio-economic realities, network structures, and cultural views.

    For this reason, WDCD teamed up with the EU Delegation in Mexico City. This partnership is exploring the efforts of the creative industry in the EU and abroad to make cities circular and fit for a carbon-free future. In 2020 the EU initiated the New European Bauhaus to build a sustainable future through creativity, innovation, and imagination. Are the principles of the New European Bauhaus applicable for cities outside of Europe? How can we work together on a global scale?

    This part of the programme is powered by the EU Delegation in Mexico.

  • Nacho Padilla – ONLINE

    Creative Director at Barcelona City Council

    Nacho Padilla is the creative director of the Barcelona City Council.

    Nacho Padilla is joining us with an online talk, thanks to the support from the EU Delegation and the Spanish Cultural Centre in Mexico.

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  • Michel Rojkind

    architect

    Once a famous drummer, now one of Mexico’s most established names in contemporary architecture. Michel Rojkind is the founding partner of Rojkind Arquitectos, a Mexico City-based innovative firm focusing on design, business tactics, and experiential innovation.

    Michel Rojkind is joining us thanks to the support from the EU Delegation in Mexico.

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  • Pedro & Juana

    Architects

    Pedro&Juana is a studio from Mexico City founded by Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss that works on a variety of projects across creative professions.

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  • Christophe Hutin – ONLINE

    Architect

    For more than 20 years, Christophe Hutin has been critically reflecting on city construction and its rationale for exclusion. His wish is to help residents regain control of their built environment to better find their place in the city. The architect will represent France at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2021, placed by Hashim Sarkis under the theme of “How are we going to live together? ”.

    Christophe Hutin is joining us with an online talk.

  • Panel discussion on circular cities – online

    A panel discussion on the theme ‘circular cities’ with speakers Nacho Padilla, Michel Rojkind, Pedro & Juana and Christophe Hutin.

    This part of the programme is powered by the EU Delegation in Mexico.

  • Enrique Norten

    Architect

    Enrique Norten is a Mexican architect and principal of the internationally renowned architect firm TEN Arquitectos.

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  • COFFEE BREAK

  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    12:45-14:45
    • Breakout Session 1 Dealing with Climate Anxiety

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    • Breakout Session 2 A Circular Fashion Manifesto

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  • LUNCH BREAK

  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    15:45-17:45
  • BREAK

  • MARY NYARUAI MUREITHI – ONLINE

    No Waste Challenge winner - Nyungu Afrika

    ABOUT Nyungu Afrika

    Mary Nyaruai Mureithi is founder of Nyungu Afrika, a social and climate positive enterprise using circular design to end period poverty with safe, non-toxic and affordable period products made from agricultural waste. This brand of pads hopes to revolutionise the way menstruation is viewed in Africa by making use of underutilised, locally abundant materials like pineapple leaves and corn husks while creating a positive impact for both consumers and non-consumers of sanitary pads.

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    ABOUT THE NO WASTE CHALLENGE

    Nyungu Afrika is one of the winners of What Design Can Do’s No Waste Challenge, which was launched earlier this year together with IKEA Foundation, to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: waste.

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    The Nyungu Afrika team will join us for an online talk.

     

  • EVENING BLOCK 1: A CALL FOR GENDER EQUALITY

    18:30-19:30

    While it is true that movements for gender equality have achieved great conquests in recent decades, there is still a lot of ground to cover in this field, there are still large gaps in inequality in terms of discrimination, sexual violence, equal pay, political exclusion and social injustice … The moral awakening of creative and innovative designers in equality promotion projects can have a great impact to correct destructive behaviors that separate us and weaken us as a species.

  • Jimena Acosta

    Curator

    Jimena Acosta is a curator of contemporary design and art. Working on the way design shapes culture, politics and societal thinking.

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  • MARÍA CONEJO & Zoe Mendelson

    Founders of Pussypedia

    Journalist and author Zoe Mendelson teamed up with visual artist María Conejo to create Pussypedia, a thorough and empowering guide to women’s health, which started as a website and has now been published as a book.

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  • Monse Castera & Bárbara Sánchez-Kane

    Fashion designer

    Bárbara Sánchez-Kane is a fashion designer and artist challenging the image of gender identities through fashion.

    Bárbara Sánchez-Kane will perform live on stage, introduced by Monse Castera in an online talk.

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  • PANEL DISCUSSION on gender equality

    A panel discussion on the theme ‘gender equality’ with speakers Jimena Acosta, Maria Conejo & Zoe Mendelson and Bárbara Sánchez-Kane.

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  • GERARDO MONTES

    No Waste Challenge winner - Hagamos Composta

    ABOUT HAGAMOS COMPOSTA

    Hagamos Composta offers an alternative for families and businesses who want to handle their waste responsibly but do not have the knowledge, tools, or space to do so.

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    ABOUT THE NO WASTE CHALLENGE

    Hagamos Composta is one of the winners of What Design Can Do’s No Waste Challenge, which was launched earlier this year together with IKEA Foundation, to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: waste.

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  • EVENING BLOCK 2: DESIGN AND ACTIVISM

    20:20-21:30

    Design influences our lives more than we can imagine; Every choice a designer makes has an impact on society. Around the world, creatives are displaying their skills to combat inequality, environmental devastation, injustice and human rights violations. We focus on those designers and creative thinkers who metaphorically scale the barricades to achieve social, political, economic or environmental change. We want to learn from them how to better design a process for social and political activation.

  • Giorgia Lupi

    DATA DESIGNER

    Georgia Lupi is an information designer and a partner at Pentagram in New York, who specialises in creating visual narratives that use data as a lens to better understand human nature.

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  • Yásnaya Aguilar & Pablo Montaño

    Documentary makers "El Tema"

    Yásnaya Elena Aguilar and Pablo Montaño created El Tema (The Issue) documentary series, a web series of six short documentaries that cover some of the most urgent matters related to the climate crisis in Mexico.

    ABOUT Yásnaya Elena Aguilar

    Yásnaya Elena Aguilar is an Ayuujk linguist, writer, translator, and human-rights activist, she is a member of Colegio mixe, a collective that researches and promotes the Mixe culture.

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    ABOUT Pablo Montaño

    Pablo Montaño studied political science and environment and sustainable development. He is a writer and producer and coordinates Conexiones Climáticas (Climate Connections), an organization dedicated to climate action.

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  • liam young

    ARCHITECT & FILM MAKER

    Liam Young is a speculative architect and director who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. Described by the BBC as ‘the man designing our futures’, his visionary films and speculative worlds are both extraordinary images of tomorrow and urgent examinations of the environmental questions facing us today.

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  • ERIK KESSELS – online

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR

    Hailed as a ‘visual sorcerer’ by Time Magazine, Kessels is co-founder and creative director of acclaimed communications agency KesselsKramer, which has offices in Amsterdam, London and Los Angeles. Among many others, he has created campaigns for clients such as Nike, Diesel, J&B Whisky, Oxfam and Vitra.

    Erik Kessels will join us for an online talk.

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  • MORNING BLOCK 1: A CALL FOR OPTIMISM

    Powered by the EU Delegation in Mexico

    10:00-11:00

    This part of the programme is powered by the EU Delegation in Mexico.

  • NAAFI music

    band

    NAAFI is a DJ collective, club night, and record label based in Mexico City.

    Their explosive performance will kick-start the second day of the festival.

  • Ricardo Lozano & Joanna Ruiz Galindo

    Co-directors WDCD Mexico GNP

    The co-directors of WDCD Mexico GNP will welcome the crowd to the theatre and introduce the upcoming speakers.

  • ENRIQUE LOMNITZ

    General Director at Isla Urbana

    An is an industrial designer, who returned to his native Mexico City after college in the United States to help the megalopolis overcome its water crisis.

    Enrique Lomnitz founded Isla Urbana, a social enterprise focused on the design and installation of rainwater harvesting systems and on knowledge and technology transfers to low-income communities, with the goal of creating resilient and autonomous water access.

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  • Claudia Sheinbaum

    Mayor of Mexico City

    Claudia Sheinbaum is a scientist, politician and the incumbent mayor of Mexico City. As a former member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which she received a joint Nobel Prize in 2007, Sheinbaum is deeply involved in the environmental challenges of Mexico City.

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  • MORNING BLOCK 2: EXPLORING CIRCULAR FUTURES

    POWERED BY THE EU DELEGATION IN MEXICO

    11:00-12:00
    WASTE & CONSUMERISM

    The planet is drowning in waste. Our current economy is based on a ‘take-make-waste’ model, in which raw materials are collected, transformed into products that are used briefly, and then discarded as waste. We have to go beyond the current ‘take-make-waste’ system of the linear economy and aim for a circular economy for all. We need to consume more mindfully, design out waste, and make products and materials that regenerate natural systems and that are kept in use.

    In the context of climate change, the COVID-19 crisis could open doors for ideas, products, services and systems once deemed too radical. This is the reason why it is important to address the issue of how we consume and the effects of our consumption habits when talking about waste, in which we will invite European and Mexican creatives and experts to inspire audiences and activate people to come up with innovative, feasible, scalable creative solutions to tackle the most pressing waste issues we are facing.

    This part of the programme is powered by the EU Delegation in Mexico.

  • Gautier Mignot

    EU Ambassador to México

    The European Union (EU) is represented in Mexico by its Delegation located in Mexico City. The Delegation is categorised as a diplomatic mission and officially represents the EU in Mexico.

     

    The Ambassador of the European Union to Mexico, Gautier Mignot, will speak on the relationship between Mexico and the European Union and how we can strengthen the exchanges between our companies, which create quality jobs and wealth for our peoples, and between our citizens, particularly young people.

    Gautier Mignot, Ambassador of the European Union in Mexico, is joining us thanks to the support from the EU Delegation in Mexico.

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  • Ricardo Muttio Limas

    No Waste Challenge winner - Radial Biomaterials

    ABOUT Radial Biomaterials

    Ricardo Muttio Limas is one of the founders of creative startup Radial Biomaterials have harnessed the natural growth of fungi to develop circular materials that can replace polystyrene, MDF and even animal leather.

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    ABOUT THE NO WASTE CHALLENGE

    Radial Biomaterials is one of the winners of What Design Can Do’s No Waste Challenge in Mexico City, which was launched earlier this year together with IKEA Foundation and Mexican partners, to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: waste.

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  • Malcolm Pruys

    Managing Director of IKEA Mexico

    As Managing Director of IKEA Mexico, Malcolm Pruys is the first to open, develop, and grow the IKEA business in Mexico.

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    Malcolm Pruys is joining us thanks to the support from the EU Delegation and the Embassy of Sweden in Mexico.

     

  • Giovanna Massoni – ONLINE

    CURATOR

    Design curator and writer and the artistic director of RECIPROCITY design liège, questioning designs impact in cultural, economic and social contexts.

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    Giovanna Massoni is joining us in an online talk thanks to the support from the EU Delegation and the Embassy of Belgium in Mexico.

  • Femke van Gemert

    Waste Textile Artist

    Femke van Gemert is joining us thanks to the support from the EU Delegation and the Embassy of The Netherlands in Mexico.

  • PANEL DISCUSSION ON EXPLORING CIRCULAR FUTURES

    A panel discussion on the theme ‘exploring circular futures’ with speakers Malcolm Pruys, Giovanna Massoni and Femke van Gemert.

    This part of the programme is powered by the EU Delegation in Mexico.

  • LIDEWIJ EDELKOORT – ONLINE

    Trendwatcher

    Lidewij Edelkoort will join us for an online talk.

  • COFFEE BREAK

  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    12:45-14:45
    • Breakout Session 1 E-Pitch ON LOWER CARBON EMISSIONS

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    • Breakout Session 2 Visualising Gender Equality in Mexico

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    • Breakout Session 3 CIRCULAR DESIGN RESEARCH LAB

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  • LUNCH BREAK

  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    15:45-17:45
    • Breakout Session 1 Rethinking the future of plastics

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    • Breakout Session 2 Colours of / from Nature

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  • MELINA SCIOLI – ONLINE

    No Waste Challenge winner - Reparar.org

    ABOUT REPARAR.org

    A comprehensive collaborative database for extending product’s life through reuse, repair, and correct disposal, thus helping reduce waste.

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    ABOUT THE NO WASTE CHALLENGE

    Reparar.org is one of the winners of What Design Can Do’s No Waste Challenge, which was launched earlier this year together with IKEA Foundation, to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: waste.

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    Reparar.org will join us for an online talk.

  • ANDREA MICHAEL DE LA PEÑA AGUIRRE

    No Waste Challenge winner - Sustrato

    ABOUT SUSTRATO

    Sustrato is an experimental design project that transforms pineapple industry’s waste into biomaterials and sustainable products.

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    ABOUT THE NO WASTE CHALLENGE

    Sustrato is one of the winners of What Design Can Do’s No Waste Challenge, which was launched earlier this year together with IKEA Foundation and Mexican partners, to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: waste.

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    Reparar.org will join us for an online talk.

  • EVENING BLOCK 1: DECOLONISING DESIGN

    18:00-20:15

    Design values ​​and history are taught through a canon; a pantheon of work by predominantly European and North American designers that lays the foundation for what is considered “good” or “bad”. The authority of that canon has undermined the work of non-Western and indigenous cultures, so that, for example, one design is regarded as a traditional craft and the other as modern design. How can we eliminate these false distinctions to recognize all forms of making and include them in an international canon? Within this theme, we investigate how colonial thinking determines the way we teach, value, and practice design. And we investigate how we, as a creative community, can transform systems that suppress into systems that lead to equality.

  • Jesica Amescua and Mariana Ordoñez

    Comunal: Taller de Arquitectura

  • Oscar Hagerman

    Architect

    Oscar Hagerman Mosquera is a Mexican architect and designer. The knowledge of native cultures plays an important role in his designs. He combines traditional esthetics with contemporary technology and works closely together with indigenous communities.

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  • Fernando Laposse

    MATERIAL DESIGNER

    Fernando Laposse is a London-based Mexican designer, he trained in Central Saint Martins as a product designer. He specializes in transforming humble natural materials into refined design pieces. He has worked extensively with overlooked plant fibers such as sisal, loofah, and corn leaves.

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  • PANEL DISCUSSION on DECOLONISING DESIGN

    A panel discussion on the theme ‘decolonising design’ with speakers Jesica Amescua & Mariana Ordoñez, Oscar Hagerman and Fernando Laposse.

  • Porfirio Gutiérrez

    Textile Artist

    Porfirio Gutiérrez is a California-based textile artist and natural dyer, born and raised in the richly historic Zapotec textile community in Oaxaca, Mexico, he weaves together history, art, culture and tradtition. For Porfirio, colour is a way to connect with his ancestors’ way of life.

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  • PERFORMANCE BY LOS COGELONES

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  • EVENING BLOCK 2: A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE

    20:15-21:15

    It is no secret to anyone that climate change is a reality in progress. The time to take action to reverse the scale of this catastrophe is in everyone’s hands. Through design, we can achieve an impact that affects large corporations, state policies, and ourselves, to take actions that can curb and urgently reverse climate change. How can we respond to the greatest challenge of our time, with urgency and optimism? In the creativity of many designers, architects, activists and artists we can find the spark that ignites ideas.

  • TEJAS SIDNAL – ONLINE

    NO WASTE CHALLENGE WINNER - CARBON TILE

    ABOUT CARBON TILE

    Carbon Tile is a project by Carbon Craft Design, an Indian design and material innovation startup building architectural and interior products by upcycling carbon.

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    ABOUT THE NO WASTE CHALLENGE

    Carbon Tile is one of the winners of What Design Can Do’s No Waste Challenge, which was launched earlier this year together with IKEA Foundation, to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: waste.

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    Tejas Sidnal is joining us with an online talk.

  • Samuel Neuenschwander

    Founder & CEO at Kessel Sustainable Solutions

  • Sofia Clarke – ONLINE

    Communications Lead at SPACE10

    Sofia Clarke is the Communications Lead at SPACE10 – IKEA’s global research and design lab on a mission to create a better everyday life for people and the planet. SPACE10 researches and designs innovative solutions to some of the major shifts expected to affect people and our planet in the years to come.

    SPACE10’s Sofia Clarke will join us for an online talk.

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  • Joe Iles – ONLINE

    Circular Design Programme Lead at the Ellen Mc Arthur Foundation

    As Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Design Programme Lead, Joe’s role is to inspire and empower millions of designers to create products, services, and systems for the circular economy.

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Joe Iles will join us for an online talk.

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  • Josh Fox

    FILM DIRECTOR & ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST

    Josh Fox is best known as the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning writer/director of GASLAND, a 2010 documentary exposing the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”.  In the years since, Fox has become internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of clean energy.

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