JD Beltran

Founder & Director,jdbeltran.com
Title of Talk
We Created the Consumerism that's Destroying Our Planet—How Do We Put the Design Engine in Reverse?
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JD Beltran

Founder & Director,jdbeltran.com

JD BELTRAN is an artist, designer, writer, and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the SFMOMA, the Walker Art Center, The Getty Center, the MIT Media Lab, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is the recipient of art and design’s most honored awards, including achieving status as creating one of the top public artworks in the US (Public Art Network 2009) and the world (New Technology Art Association 2014), and one of the top design works internationally (German Design Award 2019 and CES Innovation Award 2018). Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Wired, ID Magazine, Dwell, 7×7, the San Francisco Chronicle, Art in America, and ArtNews. She also has authored columns on art & culture for the San Francisco Chronicle and Huffington Post and co-authored four books with the San Francisco Writers Grotto. She has received an Artadia Grant, a Workshop Residence Grant, a Stochastic Labs Grant and residency, a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Fellowship, as well as residencies at the Skowhegan School, the Pilchuck School (Hauberg Fellowship), the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Montalvo Arts Center. She serves on the San Francisco Arts Commission (President for eight years) and also founded and directed the Center for Impact at the California College of the Arts. She recently founded and now directs the Center for Creative Sustainability.


We Created the Consumerism that’s Destroying Our Planet—So Now, How Do We Put the Design Engine in Reverse?

Designers possess superpowers—through innovation, aesthetics, brand, and creativity, they’re able to magically create billions of dollars in value where there was none! The cost of fostering desire over utility, however, now leaves us with consumer societies and waste that threaten to destroy our planet. How do we shift the course to more circular, sustainable design practices and nudge towards responsible consumer behavior with what we create?