6th Biennial Design Science Symposium

Draft Schedule—Subject to Change

September 20-22, 2019
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Programming will take place at several locations, including: the Metcalf Auditorium at the Chace Center (20 N. Main Street); the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab (13 Waterman Street); the Fleet Library at RISD (15 Westminister Street); and others TBD.

Friday, September 20 Saturday, September 21, Sunday, September 22

Chace Center
Chace Center
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Chace Center
Keynote Presentation: Dr. Michael Ben-Eli

Dr. Michael Ben-Eli is founder of the Sustainability Laboratory, established in order to develop and demonstrate groundbreaking approaches to sustainability practices, expanding prospects and producing positive, life affirming impacts on people and ecosystems in all parts of the world.

Prior to launching The Lab, Dr. Ben-Eli pioneered applications of Systems Thinking and Cybernetics in management and organization. Over the years he worked on synthesizing strategy issues in many parts of the world and in diverse institutional settings, ranging from small high technology firms to multinational enterprises, manufacturing companies, financial institutions, health care and educational organizations, government agencies, NGOs, and international multilateral organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations Environment Program, the Global Environment Facility, and others. In recent years, he has focused his work primarily on issues related to sustainability and sustainable development, and has been working to help inspire leaders in business, government, community, and youth accelerate a peaceful transition to a sustainable future.

Dr. Ben-Eli is author of the widely acclaimed Five Core Principles of Sustainability. He has been the driving force behind developing The Lab’s current flagship project, Project Wadi Attir, and is leading development of The Lab as a world-wide network of advanced research, development and education centers, based at different ecological zones. In 2016, he was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame and recognized with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Ben-Eli graduated from the Architectural Association in London and later received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Cybernetics at Brunel University, where he studied under Gordon Pask. He was a close associate of R. Buckminster Fuller, with whom he collaborated on projects involving research on advanced structural systems and exploration of issues related to the management of technology and world resources for the advantage of all.
Chace Center
Featured Presentations
PM*Afternoon sessions subject to rearrangement and updates*
Different Locations TBD

Concurrent Breakout Sessions and Workshops by Theme.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Chace Center
Panel Discussion
Location TBD
Evening Reception