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Associate Professor of Design Theories and Research, Shenkar

Jonathan Ventura is a design anthropologist specialising in social and healthcare design, design research and theories. Currently, Jonathan is the Director of The Unit for History and Philosophy of Art, Design and Technology at Shenkar, and an associate professor at the department of inclusive design at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. He completed his PhD in applied design anthropology in a joint program of the department of sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the department of industrial design at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Jonathan continued to complete a post-doctorate in social design at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in London UK.

Jonathan specialises in applied design anthropology, social design and the meeting points between theory, research, and practice, both in historic and theoretic layers. His latest publications include various articles and papers including 18 entries in the Bloomsbury Design Encyclopaedia and a book on design theories scheduled for publication later in 2022. He is a co-founder of the Social Design Network, incorporating 8 countries in a global effort of advancing social design pedagogy, research and practice.

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'Service design in the age of crisis'

The last decade has shown us that wicked problems in design are not solely for igniting the imagination of design theoreticians, but they influence our daily reality. Social, professional and ethical responsibility are coupled with broader issues concerning consumption, sustainability, fair trade, political ideologies, values, and recently – the global COVID pandemic with all its consequences and aftershocks. Furthermore, against the rise of global thinking, ever-evolving technologies and instant data sharing, we find ourselves more connected with local social factors, with our cultures and communities.

There is an evident need to shift from focusing merely on designers’ tasks and methods toward taking a more holistic approach to socially responsible design. Given the challenging economic, political and humanitarian circumstances, extending the use of social design can help restructure services, drive efficiency and assist with the significant challenges communities face... more >

Friday, September 16, 15:00

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