Catalyzing the Conversation | In this issue of Catalyst, we re-imagine our relationship with our material world. We map a world that is already emerging. A world designed by those intrigued by the challenge of making material choices that are benign by design. A world filled with meaning, shaped by design and expressed in the language of objects and experiences. We take a new look at TED and examine its method for spreading ideas,the material of our mental lives.
We examine how the well designed use of micro finance can help to flow the material resource of money to communities where it has rarely reached. And we follow fashion as it begins to boldly move forward with sourcing strategies that can help style glamorous and prosperous lifestyles for the few and for the many.We invite you to meet the material girls and boys who are challenging the norms of wasteful cultures and designing the new narratives of desire. They are helping to mature and deepen our understanding of the strategic role of design.