Consider how Emma Rae Bruml’s work on everything from gender performativity to capitalism challenges the way we design and interact with technology; how Andrew Gurza’s life as a queer disabled man calls on us to debate accepted notions about sexuality, pleasure and disability; or how generational and industry conflicts between the old and new fashion avant garde has become the focus and work of the Institute of Digital Fashion (IoDF) co-founded by Leanne-Elliott Young and Cattytay.
As Leanne-Elliott Young puts it, the IoDF wants to ‘push technology as a solution to not just sell more clothes, but to disrupt the way the system concepts, produces, creates, broadcasts, educates and demands. IoDF is changing the system, asking questions and forging new solutions.’
So for our current crop of Futures 100 Innovators, innovation isn’t just about efficiency, value, effectiveness or staged improvements that are sustainable, but about values, difference, purpose, equity and continuous ongoing challenge to the status quo that embraces betterment, and vitally, embodies long term sustainability. Innovation in other words, as Scott Berkun, author of How Design Makes the World, defines it, as ‘significant positive change’.
I’ll go with that.
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In the first two instalments of our Futures 100 Innovators longlist, we get to know global disruptors and change-makers creating the future across 10 sectors.
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