Heather Snyder Quinn (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Design Futures at DePaul University’s Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, the 2021-22 Wicklander Fellow in Ethics, and a 2022 OpEd Public Voice Fellow. Heather is usually where she “isn’t supposed to be.” You will find her playing in unexpected places, physical or virtual, and collaborating with people from various backgrounds. Her work uses design fiction to empower communities to imagine possible futures and understand technology’s impact on human freedoms, including artificial intelligence and the metaverse. The World Economic Forum, MIT Press, Yale Law School, The Washington Post, and Hyperallergic have recognized her work. Currently, she is editing Technologies of Deception, a publication bringing together art, design, technology, ethics, futurism, and policymaking. Heather lives in Chicago with her partner, Joe, and their two daughters.
Breaking Boundaries, Building Tomorrow: A Workshop on Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Sustainable Innovation
In a complex world, our ability to address pressing challenges hinges on our capacity to think beyond traditional confines. In this transformative workshop, participants will discover where the power of interdisciplinary collaboration meets the urgency of sustainable innovation. Together, we will explore how breaking down disciplinary barriers and opening our minds towards raw curiosity can amplify creativity, foster unique perspectives, and drive unprecedented solutions toward a sustainable tomorrow.
In this interactive session, we will review case studies, conduct collaborative exercises, and learn the importance of agility and improvisation. Participants will uncover the immense potential of merging their insights from diverse fields. From climate resilience to bio-inspired inventions and imagining the “impossible,” this workshop will demonstrate how diverse minds can converge to build holistic, lasting solutions. Gain practical strategies for facilitating cross-disciplinary teams, cultivating open communication, and integrating a wide range of expertise. Come away with an understanding of how to approach innovation with an open and flexible mind, unlocking the potential to craft a more sustainable and inclusive future by transcending boundaries and embracing the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.
This workshop is open to all conference attendees. No experience is necessary.