Lift Conference 09 Videos

As quoted from their Vimeo page, “Lift is a series of events built around a community of pioneers who get together in Europe and Asia to explore the social implications of new technologies. Each conference is a chance to turn changes into opportunities by anticipating the major shifts ahead, and meeting the people who drive them.”
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Thanks to @vanderbeeken for the following text (originally posted on his blog), and @designthinkers for the heads up 🙂

Timo Arnall: “Making Things Visible” [22:13]
Timo Arnall bio
A designer and researcher at Oslo School of Architecture, Timo Arnall offers here his perspective about networked objects and ubiquitous computing. His presentation, and the intriguing design examples he takes, highlights two phenomena. On the one hand, he describes how sensors and RFIDs can enable to “make things visible” as the title of his presentation expresses. On the other hand, he shows the importance of going beyond screen-based interactions.
[Timo spoke during the “Changing Things (1) – The Internet of Things is not what you think it is!” session, together with Bruce Sterling and Usman Haque]

Dennis Pamlin: Changing the Planet [23:50]
Dennis Pamlin bio
Dennis Pamlin, who is Global Policy Advisor for the WWF, introduces the ecological challenges we face and contrast them with most of the technological progresses. His talk delineates a set of filters to understand how to judge innovation on conjunction with the long-term consequences they might have on the planet.
[Dennis spoke during the “Changing the Planet (1)- Sustainable development, the Way of Desire” session, together with John Thackara and Elizabeth Goodman]

John Thackara: Changing the Planet [23:14]
John Thackara bio
John Thackara, who is director of Doors of Perception, gives a provocative talk about the role of design in finding solutions to the ecological crisis. After inviting us to avoid terms such as “future” or “sustainable” as they maintain a certain distance to the problem we face, he shows a rich set of projects he participated in. He makes the important point that the resources to be put in place already exist and that they might not necessitates complex technological developments.
[John spoke during the “Changing the Planet (1)- Sustainable development, the Way of Desire” session, together with Dennis Pamlin and Elizabeth Goodman]

Gunter Pauli: Changing the Planet [55:14]
Gunter Pauli bio
Gunter Pauli, who founded and directs ZERI, the “Zero Emissions Research Initiative” of the United Nations University in Tokyo, spoke about redesigning manufacturing processes into non-polluting clusters of industries.
[Gunter spoke during the “Changing the Planet (2) – Co-producing and sharing environmental consciousness” session, together with Frank Kresin and François Jegou]

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet’s takeaways (FR) [43:52]
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, 35, is Minister of State to the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Forward Planning and Development of the Digital Economy. Known as an activist for sustainable development, she was minister in charge of Ecology between 2007 and 2009.