Marco van Hout is co-founder and Creative Director of Digital Society School in Amsterdam, where hundreds of life-long learners and trainees are trained to become ‘digital transformation designers’. He initiated the widely used Design Method Toolkit, the global Design Across Cultures programs and the growing social movement of the Global Goals Jam, in conjunction with the UNDP: 90+ cities and over 5000 design activists that use their creative skills for the benefit of the SDG's and society.
In the past Marco co-founded and headed a digital agency and strategic design consultancy and took seat in the board of the international Design & Emotion Society for over 10 years.
Marco is a community liaison for World Design Organization, an advisory board member for DOT in Spain, and a visiting professor at IE University in Madrid. As a frequent invited speaker and facilitator, Marco addresses topics such as (digital) transformation design, digital society, human(ity) centered/ UX design, cross-cultural collaboration and sustainable development. He holds a Master of Science in Applied Communication at University of Twente.
'(Re)designing society's digital transformation'
The ever growing omni-presence of digitisation in the world has recently been heating up discussions among policy-makers, economists and industry leaders about its societal impact. As digital transformation is disrupting society more profoundly, concerns are growing about its affects on matters such as jobs, inequality, health/ wellbeing, economic prosperity and security/ safety.
However the digital transformation and its accompanying technologies in itself are neutral. Therefore we should not forget that we (as a society) are responsible for the ‘design’ of the digital transformation that we need and want. We have the opportunity to create shared value that can lead to increased benefits for all actors taking part in digital transformation, especially in the light of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by the year 2030... more >
Friday, September 11, 16:30 - 19:30