Open Worlds

Is information meant to be free? How do the creative ecologies of open innovation, open source networks, and creative commons licensing catalyze or stifle true innovation? Is there something inherently more inclusive or democratic about these modes of production? And are there success stories beyond open source software that suggest that these new ways of making are scalable and applicable to others areas of design?

Marco Steinberg
Founder  & CEO of Snowcone & Haystack; www.snowcone.fi I believe we can solve the complex challenges that our governments, societies, and environment face. To do so we need to shift from trying to improve the efficiency of what was, to redesigning what could be. My passion is in helping leaders find the pathway to these strategic improvements.

I'm based out of Helsinki, Finland and share an office with Esko Aho, our former Prime Minister. We share a deep interest in helping governments transform themselves to meet 21st century challenges. Prior to kick-starting Snowcone & Haystack, I was Strategic Design Director at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund (2008-2013). There I led Sitra's Strategic Design capability, launching a portfolio of initiatives to systemically address the acute need for strategic improvement in the public sector which included: Helsinki Design Lab (HDL) a global initiative to help address today's large scale strategic redesign & transformation needs; Design Exchange Programme an initiative embedding designers within public sector organizations; Low2No a transitional strategy to create a national carbon free urban development market in Finland through a real estate development project in downtown Helsinki.

I've published extensively on design, innovation and public sector transformations. Recent books include "Legible Practises: Six stories about the craft of stewardship" (2013) and "In Studio: Recipes for Systemic Change" (2011).

Anne Burdick
Anne Burdick is Chair of graduate Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design, a program dedicated to bringing new practices to design in the context of cultural, technological, and environmental change. She is co-author of Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2013), "a compact, game-changing report on the state of contemporary knowledge production." Burdick's award-winning design and research includes the Writing Machines book and web supplement with N. Katherine Hayles; the Fackel Wörterbuch series and the Austrian Academy Corpus-an online database of historical texts-which work separately and together; and The New Ecology of Things (2009), a critical examination of pervasive computing distributed across print, web, and mobile devices. From 1995-2012, she was Designer and Design Editor of electronicbookreview.com . Her work with the Commission for Non-Literary Text Types at the Austrian Academy of Sciences includes the experimental text-dictionary, Fackel Wörterbuch: Redensarten (2000), for which she received the Leipzig Award for the "Most Beautiful Book in the World."