Talks and workshops
Somerset House Studios

Tools For Change: Activation Session

Part of Makerversity: Civic Hack

Wed 25 Apr 2018
19.00 - 20.30
Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

In 2018 London breached it’s annual pollution limit in the first month and is the greatest health problem facing cities. Until systematic changes have been made by government how can we make radical change?

Makerversity’s public hack will focus on air pollution. Clean air is a human right. In 2018 London breached it’s annual pollution limit in the first month and is the greatest health problem facing cities. Until radical systematic changes have been made we need to look at how we can design tools to protect ourselves against the harmful effects of air pollution. Makerversity will run a 2 day hack looking at tackling air pollution using our community of designers, makers and technologists. The outcomes from this hack will be displayed in an exhibition on 28 May  - 03 June.

Join us for the opening activation session where we will be learning insights from the latest research on the global perceptions on climate change, interrogating the brief, defining specific problem areas and beginning the ideation process.


Stop Killing Londoners
STOP KILLING LONDONERS is organising non-violent direct action disco road blocks across the capital until politicians commit to an 80% REDUCTION IN POLLUTANTS.
Based in London, Clare is a sustainable fashion and textiles consultant, product developer and educator. Her work is always critically focussed on environmental impacts and ethical responsibility in design and the interconnection between these fields with business and politics. Clive is one half of the award winning design agency This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll. This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll involves itself in projects that use design / creativity to inspire positive change. Their work includes the iconic redesign of the Brixton Pound, helping create alternative currency organisation the IMA and founding the nation-state-of-mind ‘Brixtopia’, with collaborators BodyPolitic.

Andrew Grieve
Senior Air Quality Analyst, Environmental Research Group, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London
After suffering from asthma as a child, Andrew studied Environmental Science at Stirling University with a focus on air pollution. Andrew joined the monitoring team at King’s in 2005 and has combined his twin passions of air quality and technology to pioneer many of the group’s air quality apps and communications technologies.

Hosted by Solitaire Townsend
Solitaire has been trying to make the world a better place for nearly 30 years. As co-founder of the change agency Futerra, which uses the logic of sustainability strategy and magic of creativity for positive change. She advises governments, charities and brands like Danone, Lancôme and Vodafone. With 70 Futerrans now working in London, Stockholm, New York and Mexico City she admits that making the world a better place was a pretty good business plan. You can watch her TEDx talks online and read her in the Guardian, Huffington Post, Forbes and more often as @GreenSolitaire.

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