Deeper thinking

Last Thursday saw the beginning of the next semester in our agency education programme, W+KED.

From now until the end of July, we will be using the W+KED programme to explore the question: will technology save us?

As we are all aware, we live in an age of extraordinary change, in which the futures opening up before us are uncertain and potentially volatile. We hope to explore how creativity coupled with new technologies could help us to engage in the transformation of society for the better, and explore what might happen if the opposite happens.

The world and everything in it is constantly being radically remodelled by technology. There are those who are threatened by this apparent sub-summation of humanity by technology. Globally, we are running out of resources, which raises questions as to the role design plays in our future, and we are closer together – yet further apart – than we have ever been as a global community.

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We are inviting important thinkers to W+K to help us understand what is happening and hopefully to push the debate further.

To kick start this, we had the amazing Ben Hammersley come and speak to us last week to try and tackle the question of ‘will technology save us?’. Ben is an Applied Futurist, who broadcasts, writes and lectures internationally to explain the effects of the post-digital post-internet age on people, corporations, governments and international organisations, and is the author of many books and articles on modern technology.

The talk was exciting and terrifying in equal measure, and at one point we were all questioning when a bee actually stops being a bee… if its brain has been cloned and is being used to fly a drone, it thinks it’s a bee after all, right? Amazing (and scary) stuff.

I know a Handy Little Thing…

A month or so ago, W+Kers and visitors to 16 Hanbury St will have noticed a new addition to our reception, in the humble form of a pin board with some bits of card stuck on it. This is the home of Handy Little Thing – an informal way for W+Kers to share their knowledge with others on a topic they're passionate about. 
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We're keeping it lo-fi with an old school noticeboard system of pens, pins and cards. W+Kers, our friends and our clients who have a skill or interest to share fill out a card for the board, and those who are interested can sign up to learn about it. A talk is then arranged, allowing everyone to share their skills, learn some new ones, have some laughs, and maybe even make new friends in the process. 
Handy Little Thing is off to a roaring start, with topics such as UX, flower arranging, promoting personal projects, and Catalan culture on offer so far. Nice.
The inaugural Handy Little Thing talk kicked off yesterday, with Planning Director Theo, who enlighten us on 'how to be a powerpoint ninja'.
It takes someone with great wit, humour and congeniality to make the MS Office Suite sound even remotely interesting, but as his slides were met with laughter, clapping and sharp intakes of excited breath (we're not even kidding), it became very clear that we were in excellent hands. With his focus on personal presenting style, simplicity, and a generous number of easy technical tricks, we couldn't have asked for a better talk to kick off the project.
Watch this space for regular updates on the handy little things we'll be sharing!HLT Logo Email
P.S. Big thanks to WKED for making this happen.