Trendspotting in India
National Institute of Design, India
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For six years in a row we have sent a cohort of entrepreneurial-minded students to our international trendspotting workshop in Ahmedabad, India. The themes we have explored include the future of education, urban living, talent, death and authenticity.
The workshop is co-hosted with our partner National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and will allow for a group of some 12 students to spend about two weeks at their beautiful campus in India. Full residential scholarships covering course fees, travels and accommodation will be granted to those who are admitted to the workshop.
Centre Director & Course Director, Konstfack
Dr. Ronald Jones has an MFA degree from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ohio University. He also holds a Certificate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
After serving nine years as Senior Critic at the School of Art, Yale University, he was appointed Professor of Visual Arts in the School of the Arts, and Director of the Digital Media Lab at Columbia University in New York City. He then served as Provost at Art Center College of Design and became member of the Visiting Faculty at the National Institute of Design in India, and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule Frankfurt, Germany.
Furthermore, he has also served on the faculties of The Royal Danish Academy of Art, Copenhagen, The Rhode Island School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, And The New York, among others.
Peter Majanen is a futurist thinker, trendspotter and the current CEO of Quattroporte, a future agency. He is defining the future paths and possibilities for companies such as: ASSA ABLOY (world leader in lock solutions), Coca-Cola and Ericsson as well as a number of Swedish government institutions. Peter is an expert in human values and the application of futurist thinking in idea and concept development. He is currently on the faculty of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Konstfack where he teaches a course in The Future of Shopping. He is also developing some of the most advanced market places in Northern Europe.
Peter has a background as a Director of R&D at Gallup and Demoskop (Swedish research company) and Director at Kreab (Scandinavia's largest lobbying and communication firm). He is also a PhD-candidate at Lund University, a Master in solo singing at Malmö Music University Collage and he has studied Strategic Design at DomusAcademy, Milan.
Hlin Helga Gudlaugsdottir
Hlin Helga Gudlaugsdottir is a faculty member and a guest lecturer at The Experience Design Group, Konstfack, Stockholm and the Directing Manager and Artistic Director of The Aurora Design Fund in Iceland. She also teaches Experience Design at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, teaches Future Forecasting at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. Other activities include curatorial projects and lectures in varied fields. She is a designer with a BA from the Iceland Academy of the Arts, a BA in French and German Literature from the University of Iceland and a Diploma in European Studies from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Europeennes, Strasbourg, France. Through her previous professional experience she has gained insight into various forms of leadership, process management and manufacturing and entrepreneurial companies.