Half the week I'm cofounder of Dash Marshall, where I lead our civic futures work and make experiments like the very slow movie player.
The other half of the week I am founding Director of the Urban Technology program at University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Previously I've helped develop Makeshift Society Brooklyn, Helsinki Design Lab, and a web 1.0 startup called Deepleap.
I serve on the Board of Directors at Public Policy Lab and am always on the lookout for more #eaglepants (these are unrelated.)
We can stay in touch via Flickr, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium or telepathy.
Books I've Written or Edited
Design for Social Innovation: Case Studies from Around the World
takes the temperature of this newly-emerged field of design by presenting and analyzing 45 projects. In addition to the case studies, 7 roundtable discussions tackle contemporary issues in design: geographies of power, trajectories of international development, organizing the work, partnerships, mediums of change, measuring impact, and growth.
LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in
Design for Social Innovation
features contributions from 84 designers, educators and thought-leaders from across the United States, each examining how and why the role of design is changing and how designers can create a positive social impact.
is about concrete projects that act as a trojan horse to create systemic change. This book tells the story of six projects from around the globe, ranging from the rebuilding of a town in Chile to the creation of a single website for all of the UK Government.
focuses on how crowdfunding and crowdsourcing are playing out in the built environment and includes a proposal for how they could become the starting point for a platform that helps all people have a productive voice in shaping the city together.
Helsinki Street Eats
takes a systems-view of the problems and opportunities for street food in Helsinki. It makes the case that street food can make a positive contribution to economic development, tourism, urban quality, and lowering the city's carbon footprint.
In Studio: Recipes for Systemic Change
documents the Studio Model, a workshop format and design process that I developed with my co-authors to help diverse teams grapple with wicked problems and develop opportunities for tangible action.
Other stuff I've written that people have published on paper
Assembling a Common World
The Alpine Review no. 2
Clearing The Cowshed
Perspecta 46: Error
A Tale of Two Hearts
Helsinki Beyond Dreams
Optimistic About Empty
CLOG: The National Mall
In The Long Run
Navigating the No-Man's Land
OK Talk London/Helsinki
Learning From Salinas (Hopefully)
Building a Useful City of Bits
Habitar: Bending the Urban Frame
Relevant blog posts from a neglected blog
Matter Battle is an essay about the difference between making digital things and real things. Cultures of Decision Making takes this a step further to explore the implications for collaboration in the 21st century.
Brute Force Architecture interrogates the decision-making process by which architects find the 'right answer.' It critiques a specific configuration of theory, practice, and labor popular in many of the top architecture offices around the world today.
An ode to tables, and sharing them. Print at home "I voted" stickers for overseas absentee voters. And one, two, three contemplative posts about life as an ex-pat in Finland.
Interviews, citations, and the like
"I for Individuality" (featuring Makeshift Society)
"Working Lunch" (featuring Makeshift Society)
PERFIL: Bryan Boyer
Laural Chavez Zamora
LA Ciudad de Frente (Mexico City)
Making Shift Happen
Future Tense by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Built By The Crowd
Crowdfunding the City
Crowdsourcing the City
Pooling Public Domain Funds Online
Haya El Nasser
An Interview with Helsinki Design Lab
SEE Bulletin #8
The Strategic Designer
10 Notable People
The Alpine Review no. 1
Brickstarter Bürgernahe Stadtplanung
National Public Radio 88.5 FM
The Minimalist Touch
The Boston Globe
GSD Platform 08
Smart Materials in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design
Panel discussion on 'Collective Impact by Design', SXSWEco
"The Fruits of Democracy" at IDEAS CITY
Panel discussion on 'Making Space for Opportunity and Innovation', MAS Summit
New York City
Creatives, Contingents, Contracts: Re-imagining the Future of Work, CityLab
Panel discussion on 'The Changing Urban Economy: Institutional Revolution in Cities', Knight Cities Challenge Winners Summit
Laboratorio Para La Ciudad
Panel discussion on 'New Ideas Need Old Buildings: Next Generation Preservation', MAS Summit
New York City
Panel discussion on 'Mapping Impact Measurement', Better World By Design conference
Rhode Island School of Design
New York University GovLab
Gizmodo House of the Future
Civic Innovation Studio
LEAP Design Symposium
International Risk Assessment & Horizon Scanning Symposium
Public talk and workshop
Tokyo Midtown Design Hub
Architecture Faculty, University of Melbourne
Thailand Design Center
CRIO International Festival of Creativity
Rio de Janeiro
Sauder School of Business at UBC
MaRS Discovery District
Ontario College of Art & Design
World Design Forum
Month of Design
Academy of Urbanism annual congress
Conferencia CMD: Nuevos escenarios para el diseño
Foresight International Seminar
After The Cultural City
Public talk, 'Archinect.com as social experiment'
MACE International Conference
Public talk, 'Meet The Architects'
South by Southwest
Public talk, 'So You're Creating An Internet Start-up'
South by Southwest