Public Talk: Creativity, Design and Social Change

October 25, 2012 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Speaker: Grace McQuilten

Thursday 25 October 2012, 7.00pm
RMIT Bldg 50, Orr St , Carlton
Entry by gold coin donation 

What are the links between creativity, design and social change?

Design contains an inherent paradox: it involves a mixture of order and chaos, creativity and control. There is complexity in the journey from “plan” through “process” to finished “product”, and a degree of uncertainty and risk in the translation of an original idea into the end result. This complexity, rather than being counter-productive, actually provides the ground for true innovation. It is the problematic, complex and unpredictable aspects of design that lend themselves most to social change and innovation. Come along to hear Grace unwrap these ideas with reference to her work at The Social Studio over the last three years.

Grace McQuilten is the CEO of The Social Studio, a social enterprise that works to create education and employment opportunities for refugee youth through fashion design, clothing production, retail and hospitality. Grace is also a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she is working on a project that examines the relationship between design and social change. Grace has been working in the areas of community development and social enterprise for the last seven years.Join us for our very last talk this year!