The clock on climate change is ticking ever faster and yet policymakers often appear to not understand this urgency. Is it time to stop waiting for answers and just get on with experimenting new ways of living? Can participation in designing novel forms of sustainable everyday attain sufficient traction? Or does it merely defer the bold decision making needed from policymakers? What are the limits of everyday experimenting?
Using Finland's XXII Triennale contribution, 'Everyday Experiments', as a starting point, the symposium builds on its messages and compares these with other, international perspectives. The event goes beyond the notion of design acting independently, to focus on its embedded role in organisations, institutions and communities. With inputs from activists, scientists, academics, project leaders and designers, it reviews how the interfaces between policymaking, citizenship and activism might work differently in the face of runaway climate change and growing inequalities. The emphasis is on debate and discussion.