Optimistic Design is a practical, positive look at the future of design, ethical innovation, and technology. Tune in each month with Wilma Lam, Substantial’s Strategy Director, as she is joined by creatives, makers, and thinkers to talk about what it means to design with hope for our ever changing world.
Founder + Creator
Authentic Design + Design Swarms
Surya is an educator, speaker, and founder with over 25 years of experience as a transdisciplinary design practitioner working at the leading edge of physical and digital design.
Brand & Experience Design Manager
Courtney leads Brand and Experience Design at Sonder. Leveraging her deep experience in multidisciplinary design and strategy, she is redefining the future of hospitality and living.
K12 Lab Futurist Fellow
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford
Ariam Mogos is a futurist fellow in the Stanford d.school K12 Lab, where she designs prototypes with K-12 educators around how to engage, evaluate, and create with emerging technologies, grounded in ethics and digital agency.
Product Design Lead
Andy is a Product Design Lead at Karat, a company on a mission to unlock opportunity for both hiring companies and candidates by re-engineering the interview process.
Fred Kukelhaus & Ben Young
Hugo & Hoby
Fred and Ben are co-founders of Hugo + Hoby which they founded with the simple mission to make beautiful, locally crafted, and sustainable furniture more widely accessible.
Director, Experience Strategy
Johnson & Johnson
Mary is a leader of design strategy at Johnson & Johnson, focusing on health and wellbeing, end-to-end experience design, and bringing behavioral science into the design process.
Associate Director of Entrepreneurship & Lecturer in the Practice of Management
Over the last nine years, Jennifer has played an integral part in developing and fostering entrepreneurial culture both at Yale and in the broader industry.
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