Every human being is a designer. The world-making power of designing is hidden in plain sight as the unintentionally designed consequences of our human ways of being. More than a mere tool of aesthetics and styling, design is the raw potential to convert human will into all we hold dear - and all that threatens. Our design thinking is only as conscious we are. Living and being our legacy to future generations is the great project of our Age -this project calls us to grow our human capacities to imagine and to re-make our world as Design Beings.
ABOUT LISA NORTON
I seek to spark new levels of awareness among designers of products, systems, structures and services that engage and care for life. From crafted objects, to system and experience designs, I am committed to inspiring designers to dare to envision a truly vital and accessible designed world. Through teaching and coaching, project and academic consulting, my concerns span interpersonal and environmental interaction, as well as systemic and organizational change.
Lisa Norton is Professor of Design Leadership in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons the New School for Design. She holds the B.F.A. from Cleveland Institute of Art and the M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. The engaging power of crafted objects led her from fine art, via human interaction, into integral design. Norton teaches, writes, facilitates and consults to designers and organizations on values-driven and -designed change processes. Her column “Integral Design Leadership” surveying emerging biopsychosocial approaches to design, appears regularly in Integral Leadership Review.
What is your unique contribution as a designer?
Are you, or your organization interested in bringing your work into tighter alignment with your values?
Do you find there is a tension between doing good and doing well as a designer?
Are you interested in developing personal capacity to consciously design our present and future?
Are you yearning to be more relevant or to make a bigger difference via design?
Anticipating and sensing change. Trusting the future.
At the core, design is interaction. How might we design for ways of knowing, being and relating that can meet the challenges of our times? Collaborative, embodied and aware modes of being and working require new capacities such as the active cultivation of trust, dialogue, movement and inquiry.