SPARK Talks are designed to “inspire ideas in 18 minutes or less”, where individual personalities will present on specific topics using slides or background settings applying the celebrated “TED” style format.
SPARK Talks: Food Systems
Wednesday, March 26 / 4:30pm – 5:30pm / Room 11
Urban Agriculture 2.0: The Vertical Farm Solution
With a planet on course to a population of 9.6 billion by 2050, our ability to grow food sustainably and at a large-scale will be integral to our global prosperity. Hear from Caleb Harper in this thought-provoking SPARK Talk about how MIT CityFARM is creating the world’s first working vertical hydroponic and aeroponic farm, reinventing the future of urban agriculture through cutting-edge engineering, big data, and network connectivity.
Caleb Harper, Founder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) CityFARM, USA
Leveraging the Power of Community to Solve Global Food Issues
Access to affordable and healthy food is a global issue and the social problems surrounding food security have never been greater. In his SPARK Talk, Mark Brand will share his innovative strategies that are driving solutions to these challenges. From strategic partnerships, to zero waste-policies and community integration, hear how Mark’s food-based business models are impacting the relationship between urban living and food security.
Mark Brand, CEO, Save-on-Meats & Founder,
A Better Life Foundation, Canada
SPARK Talks: Sustainable Design
Thursday, March 27 / 2:45pm – 3:45pm / Room 11
Biomimicry: Emulating Nature’s Best Design Strategies
Have you ever wondered how you might design differently if you could bring 3.8 billion years of experience to your design table? Life’s genius offers a plethora of sustainable solutions for those willing to ask the right questions. In this inspired SPARK Talk, Dr. Baumeister will explore the emerging practice of biomimicry – the conscious emulation of nature’s best design strategies and principles, each with the potential to completely transform how we build our world, run our businesses, and thrive as a species on this planet.
Dayna Baumeister, Co-founder,
Biomimicry 3.8, USA
Cradle-to-Cradle and Technomimicry
With the “cradle-to-cradle” design concept, as in nature, there is no such thing as waste and no limitations. Dr. Braungart will show how this world-renowned sustainable design concept can be applied as an engine for innovation in order to produce completely new and different products. His SPARK Talk will also give special focus to social and cultural aspects of design, including “technomimicry”, a concept which goes far beyond sustainability in order to address complex issues and challenges across all industries and sectors.
Michael Braungart, Principal,
EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH, Germany
Sustainable Design and Co-innovation: Compelling business solutions to society’s biggest challenges
On this journey to sustainability, we are all designers – architects of change, dreamers who imagine a future that is abundant and alive, a part of nature and not apart from it. Nadine will bring to life some of the key questions and strategies driving Interface’s next ascent up “Mount Sustainability”, scaling sustainable solutions toward a vision of restorative enterprise, including unlikely partnerships with “unusual suspects” through the Net-Works global partnership. This is a design challenge like no other. It’s based on principles of co-innovation, and it means going beyond product innovation – transforming supply chain and redesigning systems. This story is centered on a new set of questions about what it might mean in practice to be a restorative business and the kinds of conditions required to feed the journey.
Nadine Gudz, Director, Sustainability Strategy, Interface Inc., USA