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Design@Large Fall 2023

The Design@Large lecture series features distinguished academic, industry, and civic speakers in design.  The series aims to showcase the ever-evolving, interdisciplinary nature of design in a real-world context. These talks are open and free to the public.

The near future is clarifying itself. Over the coming decades, life will change as we know it on planet Earth. From climate instability to culture change, plagues of misinformation to global pandemics, human society faces more threats than at any other time in our history.  At the same time, humanity is newly equipped to adapt, with emerging tools like artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and social innovation that have the power to reverse the narrative of impending global disruption. The time is now for us to integrate these powerful new methods – to intentionally design a more Just and Resilient future together. 

The Resilience In A Changing World series will invite speakers to speculate on how we get from here to there, from our current inflection point to habitable futures where both our people and planet thrive amidst increasing uncertainty and change. Resilience In A Changing World is hosted by Eliah Aronoff-Spencer, the Center for Health Design ( and Resilient Collective ( 

Design@Larges talks are on Wednesdays (dates below), 4-5pm, in the Design and Innovation Building Room 208.


October 11 | Overcoming the Self-Destructive Force: The Key When Designing for Societal Resilience

How come being aware of the healthy choices that should be made, 72% of people admit to having at least one avoidable risk factor or unhealthy behavior such as insufficient sleep, physical inactivity, smoking and excessive drinking?

Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Jadad is a physician, scholar, innovator, entrepreneur and philosopher. He leads initiatives with heads of state, multinational companies, entrepreneurs and scientists from around the planet, accompanying them in periods of transition and maximum uncertainty.

Tamen Jadad-Garcia is a serial entrepreneur, researcher and bestselling author who creates data-driven products and leads strategic projects for Fortune 100 and 500 companies focused on optimizing the levels of resilience, engagement, health and well-being of their teams.

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MANY PEOPLE TODAY are concerned about critical infrastructures such as the electrical network, water supplies, telephones, transportation, and the Internet. These nerve and bloodlines for society depend on reliable computing, communications, and electrical supply.

David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author. His novels about our survival and opportunities in the near future include EARTH and Existence.

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October 25 | A Conversation with Keolu Fox

Keolu Fox Ph.D., Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) is an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego, affiliated with the Department of Anthropology, the Global Health Program, the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, the Climate Action Lab, and the Indigenous Futures Lab.

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November 8 | Pinar Yoldas

Dr. Pinar Yoldas is an award-winning infradisciplinary architect and an Associate Professor at UC San Diego. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, MacDowell Fellow (2x), Hellman Fellow and a Creative Capital Grantee. Yoldas holds degrees from Duke (PhD), UCLA (MFA), ITU (MS), METU (BArch) and Istanbul Bilgi University (MA). She runs the Speculative Ecology and Bioarch Unit and is the principal investigator at Yoldas Lab.

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November 15 | Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith is a Professor in marine ecology and conservation in the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

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November 29 | Robert Schooley

Dr. Robert T. Schooley is a renowned infectious diseases expert as well as professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases within the Department of Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

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Past Design@Large Events

Fall 2023 Series

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