Montreal (Canada), 25 April 2022 — With the goal of demonstrating the power of innovation and collaboration through transdisciplinary problem-solving, Columbia Center for Public Research and Leadership, George Brown College – Institute without Boundaries (IwB), MEET Digital Culture Center and World Design Organization (WDO)® have jointly formed the FWoL III: City Solutions Lab – the consortium leading the third iteration of the Future Ways of Living (FWoL) project. Leveraging collective expertise, insights and connections FWoL III: City Solutions Lab aims to offer a unique process of engagement and solutioning to empower cities and communities in their COVID-19 recovery and reinvention plans through the use of Transdisciplinary Systems and Design Thinking strategies to emerge from the pandemic with better, more livable and equitably integrated futures for all.
“The Future Ways of Living initiative started in 2015 as a way to challenge thought leaders, students, professors, design professionals and corporate stakeholders around the world to imagine how we want to live in the future and how technology and design thinking could support and enhance our vision of that future,” stated Luigi Ferrara, Dean of Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College. “I am excited to launch this next phase of the Future Ways of Living project with our partners as a way to further connect with global cities and communities to investigate challenges and contribute to a better future for all.”
The FWoL III: City Solutions Lab is seeking to partner with approximately eight host cities or communities eager to develop new visions for their futures. Harnessing multi-disciplinary design thinking, the initiative will enable cities or communities to reimagine systems and strategies, developing through a series of virtual interdisciplinary workshops, called ‘charrettes’. Themes explored as part of this edition may include: arts, culture and entertainment; education; environment and density reduction; food; health; housing; justice and security; and mobility.
“As cities around the world emerge from the pandemic and look towards the future, they will require new tools and strategies to design impactful solutions to improve and safeguard the well-being of their communities,” stated WDO President, David Kusuma. “WDO was compelled to partner on such an important initiative to help craft new, more inclusive and resilient solutions for post-pandemic living, and we look forward to witnessing the meaningful outcomes that will no doubt emerge from this collaboration in the years to come.”
As noted by James S. Liebman, founder of the Columbia Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), “cities and communities worldwide face existential problems like climate change, structural inequity, and the movement of peoples—that only well-led public institutions steered by communities they serve with access to transdisciplinary expertise can solve. Yet, cities and communities worldwide face a collapse of trust in public institutions. FWoL III makes an essential contribution to the revitalization of the strong, inclusive institutions the world needs.”
Building upon years of interdisciplinary research and experience, FWoL III: City Solutions Lab will aim to develop a series of innovative ideas and strategies that can then be integrated by any community around the world to address key challenges. Outcomes are expected to be showcased at Digifest 2023, GBC’s annual festival and conference highlighting digital culture, creativity and innovation, and as part of World Expo 2025 in Osaka (Japan).
The project is also currently seeking to identify both private and public partnership opportunities to help build a network of solution building participants. Those interested in becoming involved with the project should contact: Caitlin Plewes, Manager of Special Projects at the Institute without Boundaries: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about FWoL III, please visit futurewaysofliving.com.