Experience Design! Featured Event | inciteXchange

September 30, 2013 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2013 Festival

Fox School of Business presents inciteXchange

October 18 | 1:00PM to 6:00PM Alter Hall, Temple University - 1801 Liacouras Walk Free and open to the public; registration required.

inciteXchange is about the magic that happens when people share ideas. It brings together different voices, different perspectives and different disciplines to inspire, to connect, and to incite change. The event is organized by Fox School of Business' Center for Design+Innovation with the University of the Arts. inciteXchange will offer nine rapid-fire presentations by thought leaders on "Back to Basics: Food, Clothing and Shelter." See how they are challenging the status quo to redefine education, nutrition, agriculture, urban health and wellbeing, culture and identity in ways that are anything but basic.

The event also celebrates the inauguration of Temple's 10th President, Neil D. Theobald. James Moustafellos, associate director of  the Center for Design+Innovation and event co-planner, tells me, "We are interested in the convergence of business and design to create innovative solutions to major contemporary challenges.  The speakers we highlight are finding ways to approach change, particularly in urban settings, to improve the quality of life for individuals.  This year the theme “Back to Basics” uses the concepts of food, clothing and shelter as lenses to understand their work." According to Moustafellos, the Center for Design+Innovation has partnered with the University of the Arts on the event to, "expand the interdisciplinary nature of much of the work we highlight and bring a more diverse perspective to the planning of the event." The goal here is to "incite exchange" and create a dialogue between speakers and the audience in order to create discussion, questioning and, most importantly, inspiration to do something. Moustafellos says, "We want the participants to transform their ideas into actions." Taking Cues From Philly Why urban issues? Cities like Philadelphia are struggling to redefine themselves in the 21st century and face many challenges, but also present extraordinary opportunities. This year, Moustafellos says, "We are particulary focused on Philadelphia and many of our speakers are based here. They are having a major impact on our city."

Speakers like Jeff Benjamin from the Vetri Family Foundation are rethinking the basic concept of healthy eating and the public school lunch program.

Anne Ewers is tackling the economic sustainability of the arts by sheltering some of Philadelphia's greatest cultural assets.

Wash Cycle Laundry is approaching economic and environmental sustainability in cities in an innovative way. Moustafellos adds, "Together, they represent a broad spectrum of what can be possible." For a full list and bios of this year's speakers and to register for this FREE event, see here.

DesignPhiladelphia’s 9th Annual Festival, EXPERIENCEdesign! kicks off this year on the evening of October 9th with PopUp Place and festival events running from October 10 through 18. As a signature event of the Center for Architecture, DesignPhiladelphia showcases Philadelphia’s strong design and creative communities through more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, tours, lectures, open studios, and parties that celebrate design’s many dimensions, dynamics, and applications. To give you a sneak peek of things to come, we will be featuring 24 events on our blog; discussing their details and introducing you to the people behind them. Join us on Facebook and Twitter – where you can catch all 2013 Festival announcements and info!      

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