We all know the inconvenient truth. Now, what can we do, as artists and designers, to make it better?

So asks Respond/Design, a student-led initiative at Rhode Island School of Design. On Friday evening, March 14th Respond/Design is sponsoring a symposium called, simply, “Make It Better,” featuring Metropolis Editor-in-chief (and Inhabitat favorite) Susan Szenasy as keynote speaker and moderator. The event focuses on how art and design can make a difference in our changing world, and asks how institutions of art and design can play a leadership role in crafting a positive future.

Panelist include Design that Matters co-founder, Timothy Prestero, Canary Project founder, Ed Morris, and sustainable business maven and WorldChanging co-author, Dawn Danby.
The event is free and open to the public, so if you are in the Providence, RI or Boston area be sure to check it out.

Make It Better
March 14th, 6:30pm
Memorial Hall
Rhode Island School of Design
236 Benefit Street
Providence, RI

Keynote Speaker and Moderator:
Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief of Metropolis Magazine
Susan Szenasy has served as Editor-In-Chief of Metropolis Magazine since 1986. Her leadership and vision within the design and architectural world has established the magazine as a forward-thinking and groundbreaking design publication. She has received international accolades and awards, as well as authoring numerous books on design.


Timothy Prestero, CEO and Co-Founder, Design that Matters
Design that Matters is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, creates new products that allow social enterprises in developing countries to offer improved services and scale more quickly.

Edward Morris, Founder and Executive Director, The Canary Project
The Canary Project is an organization based in Brooklyn, NY that produces visual media, events, and artwork that builds public understanding of human-induced climate change and energize commitment to solutions.

Dawn Danby, Sustainable Design Program Manager at Autodesk
Dawn Danby is a cross-disciplinary designer and strategist and one of the vanguard of young leadership in sustainable design. She is a RISD alumna (ID 2000) and a graduate of Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Sustainable Business. She co-authored WorldChanging: A User’s Guide to the 20th Century, and was runner-up in Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Competition ’07.