DIF ON DEMAND PLATE Live: Take Care to Repair

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The Disruptive Innovation Festival is an online festival of ideas that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything? During the DIF, we’ll be asking our speakers to tell us what they think is in store for the future of the economy. While watching you can chip in with your thoughts and questions: sign up for a free My DIF account and ask your question through the discussion forum below the live stream!

The PLATE conference aims to address product lifetimes in the context of sustainability. PLATE2017 brings together over 100 academic researchers with a shared interest in tackling the detrimental effect of our consumption through product longevity. An increase in product lifetimes and a move to a more circular economy are increasingly recognised as essential elements in resource efficiency, waste reduction and low carbon strategies for sustainability.

Everyone agrees that taking good care of a product is instrumental in achieving product longevity. But how do we get consumers to actively care for and repair their products? What does it take to entice or enable them? In this session we discuss the latest insights from practice and academia in a visually rich panel discussion.

In this live session, Walter Stahel will speak to a panel of PLATE2017 speakers with expertise in product repair and durability, design, and consumer attitudes.

Join the PLATE Conference for a third and final time at 14:45 GMT (15:45 CET) for the session Design for Longevity - Business as Unusual?

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​Kyle Wiens

Kyle is the CEO of iFixit, the free repair manual. He’s dedicated his life to defeating the second law of thermodynamics, a battle fought in the courtroom as often as in the workshop. The Right to Repair campaign has, so far, successfully legalized cell phone unlocking and tractor repair.

James Pierce

James is lecturer in the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley and research affiliate at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. He has longstanding research interests in sustainable design, speculative design, design theory, and everyday social practices. His most recent research interests include the Internet of Things, network anxieties, and ghosts. James has has been awarded numerous best paper awards and has published over 50 articles in top conferences and journals spanning the fields of design research, human-computer interaction, and ubiquitous computing. James has a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in Human-Computer Interaction, and a Master’s Degree in Interaction Design from Indiana University Bloomington.

Annemarie Zijlema

Annemarie is a PhD candidate and studies the cuing of autobiographical memories by personal possessions. She is affiliated with the University of Technology Sydney, faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, and Eindhoven University of Technology, department of Industrial Design in a joint PhD program. She is a member of the Materialising Memories team.

Nazli Terzioglu

Researcher and designer Dr. Nazli Terzioglu challenges people to think differently about products, repair and obsolescence. In 2017, Nazli completed her Ph.D. at Royal College of Art during which she developed Do-Fix repair kits that combine new technologies such as 3D printing with traditional repair methods such as kintsugi, darning and patching, focused on making repairs both visible and engaging to carry out. Nazli’s expertise includes circular economy, sustainable product design, product longevity and visible product repair.

Bettina Heller

Bettina is working as Associate Programme Officer in UN Environment’s Consumption and Production Unit. Her main role is the coordination of the Consumer Information Programme of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, which brings together a network of over 70 organisations. In this role, Bettina leads projects in the area of eco-labelling, product lifetime extension, social impact communication, and hotspots analysis. 


Walter Stahel

Walter has been founder-director of the Product-Life Institute (Geneva, Switzerland), the oldest established consultancy in Europe devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies, since 1983. From 1986 to 2014, he was also director of risk management research of the Geneva Association. In 1971, he graduated from ETH Zurich with an MA in architecture; he has been a full member of the Club of Rome since 2013.

Walter has been visiting professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences of the University of Surrey since 2005, as well as the l’Institut EDDEC de Université, HEC et Polytechnique de Montréal in 2016. He was awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees by the University of Surrey (2013) and l’Université de Montréal (2016).

Walter has also written a number of renowned publications, most notably: ‘Jobs for Tomorrow, the Potential for Substituting Manpower for Energy’ (1981) and ‘The Performance Economy’ (2010).

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