Sigrid Bürstmayr, Mag. (FH), M.A., works and teaches at FH JOANNEUM – University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. Her professional interests and skills include product management, exhibition design, sustainable design and design activism. She presented her research results on several conferences and universities, recently in Seoul, Montreal, Wuhan, Istanbul and Mexico City. Meetings with designers, activists, creatives and managers around the world keep her quite optimistic, she says. Because, ‘any place you go, creatives discuss the same question: How can we change the world?’ Bürstmayr believes that design should be able to shape whole environments and processes, ways of thinking and acting. ‘Designers should try to change society and the world for the better, at least a little bit.’

Sigrid Bürstmayr together with Karl Stocker hosts the breakout session ‘Designing the world life balance’, which is presented by Foro Cultural de Austria en México