Monthly Archives: January 2010

Davos 2010: Bill Gates

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos – Today, a Meet the Leader session with Young Global Leaders and Bill Gates. “Young people that are very well educated have the potential to change our world,” Gates shared. The meeting was followed by several design sessions and a South African cultural soiree. NATALIA


Davos 2010: The Sustainability of a Community

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos – Today, morning television interviews at the HUB Pavillion. Then a discussion on leadership with business titans Bill George, Howard Cox, David Rubenstein and Young Global Leaders. The brainstorm was followed by my presentation on Sustainable Design at the Hotel Victoria. NATALIA

Davos 2010: Design for Change

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos –  Today, Paola Antonelli, Kigge Mai Hvid, John Maeda, Chris Luebkeman, Alice, Rawthorn, Jens Martin Skibsted, moderator Tim Brown and I, were Discussion leaders at the Design for Change plenary held inside the Congress Center to answer: What can we learn from the design community about the principles of design thinking to help develop solutions to today’s complex problems?

Davos 2010: Kick Off

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos – Meet the Leader session with Bill Clinton, Forum founder Professor Schwab and fellow Young Global Leaders; followed by the Opening Address with French President Sarkozy. NATALIA

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: Davos

Preparing for my trip to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, tomorrow. A meeting of world leaders and diverse industry leaders, Davos 2010 is a trip to a global power center, charged with improving the state of the world. Participation in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is by invitation only and strictly limited to the criteria and quota of each stakeholder group.

A special thank you to Protect the Force for choosing to sponsor Design Futurist. Protect The Force is a strategic consulting firm specializing in providing leading manufacturers with relationship management & access, product development, acquisition & contracting expertise, and sales & marketing support geared towards successfully selling to the U.S. Federal Government.

Schmatta: Rags to Riches

In 1985, only 50% of the US apparel market was imported. By 2009, 95% of clothing in America was imported.

The Garment Center is the heart and soul of Midtown Manhattan and the backbone of the fashion industry. It was the gateway for many immigrants to the American Dream. Now, it’s in danger of disappearing. This HBO feature documentary explores the rise and fall of New York’s fabled schmatta (rag) trade as a microcosm for the economic shocks that have changed our lives.

State of the World: Transforming Cultures from Consumerism to Sustainability

Today, I will participate in, Transforming Cultures from Consumerism to Sustainability: State of the World 2010 Symposium.

Like a tsunami, consumerism has engulfed human cultures and Earth’s ecosystems. Left unaddressed, we risk global disaster. But if we channel this wave, intentionally transforming our cultures to center on sustainability, we will not only prevent catastrophe, but may usher in an era of sustainability—one that allows all people to thrive while protecting, even restoring, Earth.

In State of the World 2010, sixty renowned researchers and practitioners describe how we can harness the world’s leading institutions—education, the media, business, governments, traditions, and social movements—to reorient cultures toward sustainability.