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Sanne Pelgröm is Program Lead Sustainable Futures at Livework, an international, strategic design consultancy focused on customers and services. Born in Mozambique to parents who dedicated their professional lives to support deprived people, Sanne’s inspiration to shape the world ‘for the good’ stems from a young age. He found that design would be the way to channel his creativity.

Dedicated to learning the art of design, the first chapter of his career was focussed on the downstream end of design: creating products for companies and ngo’s. For which he got accredited with several design awards. The more he crossed boundaries between disciplines, the more he recognised the patterns of barriers and enablers in making ideas happen in organisations.

Sanne's interest shifted to understanding the dynamics in organisations and the second chapter of his career focused on the upstream end of design: research, strategy, business, trends, commerce and the language of decision makers. In the capacity of strategic service designer for Zilver and Livework he guided clients like Ebay, Adidas and Ultimaker in designing human centred innovation strategies.
The current, third chapter is founded on his original motivation: applying his learnings for societal and environmental benefit. With an increased sense of urgency Sanne is now dedicated to combining strategic service design and systems thinking to influence human systems at large. He leads the Sustainable Futures track at Livework, focusing on systems change, in and between organisations.

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'Co-designing sustainable cities'

21st century cities are hubs of innovation. Urban areas are melting pots of great design, ranging from solutions in mobility, housing, energy, and waste to education, participation and inclusivity. But through Covid, climate change and social inequality, 2020 has made it more evident than ever, that cities also face tremendous challenges. For cities to become and remain socially and environmentally sustainable, a lot of (design) work must be done... more >

Thursday, September 10, 16:30 - 19:30

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