As part of V&A Innovate – our annual National Schools Challenge for Key Stage 3 students – we run a series of free, online talks for teachers with inspiring artists, designers and innovators.
Watch recordings of our V&A Innovate Talks series below, focussing on design for sustainable development, identity making and art making, tackling problems with creativity, and inclusive design.
INNOVATE: TACKLING PROBLEMS WITH CREATIVITY WITH RODRIGO GARCÍA GONZÁLEZ
Rodrigo García González is a Designer, Architect and Inventor. He is also Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Notpla, a sustainable packaging start up comprised of designers, chemists, engineers and entrepreneurs who create packaging that disappears, naturally. They are known for creating Ooho! – an edible biodegradable alternative to plastic. In this talk, Rodrigo shares his design methods and creative approaches to problem solving, whilst giving insight into the design of Notpla.
INNOVATE: IDENTITY MAKING AND ART MAKING WITH JASLEEN KAUR
Jasleen Kaur is an artist based in London, who works with sculpture, video and writing. Her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. Her practice examines diasporic identity and hierarchies of history, both colonial and personal. In this talk Jasleen shares the background behind the design of the Tala Curry Measure, shows us how she has created hybrid objects in her Tools for Living series, and tells us about Everyday Resistance – a project working with children and mothers from the Portman Early Childhood Centre, using cooking and eating together as a way to reconsider and respond to issues facing the local community.
INNOVATE: DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITH EVANS WADONGO
Watch a Q&A between Evans Wadongo – Kenyan engineer, social entrepreneur and sustainable development expert – and V&A Senior Curator of Design and Digital, Corinna Gardner. Hear about Evans’ work in sustainable development and the design process behind the MwangaBora® solar lamp (Swahili for ‘good light’). He is the founder of Sustainable Development For All (SDFA), a non-profit social enterprise that has helped lift thousands of mostly rural people out of poverty. He is also the co-founder of GreenWize.
Watch an introduction to the MwangaBora lamp:
INNOVATE: HUMAN FIRST | DESIGNER SECOND, INCLUSIVE DESIGN WITH RAMA GHEERAWO
Here we’re joined by Rama Gheerawo, an international and inspirational figure within design. As Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, he uses design to address society’s toughest issues. Sharing insight into how his human-centred design methodologies are applied to real-world projects, he provides inspiration for delivering inclusive design projects in the classroom.