Michiel Schwarz is a Dutch independent cultural thinker, social innovator and sociologist of the future focusing on design, urbanism and social sustainability. He is best known for his 2010 cultural manifesto Sustainism Is the New Modernism (created with designer Joost Elffers and published in New York) giving a name to the next cultural era after 20th century modernism. It charts how we are creating a ‘sustainist culture’ that’s more collaborative, community-engaged, locally-rooted, and altogether more environmentally and socially sustainable. The international edition of The New York Times called sustainism ‘a new ethos for design.’ Other books, building on his concept of sustainism, include Sustainist Design Guide: How Sharing, Localism, Connectedness and Proportionality Are Creating a New Agenda for Social Design (with Diana Krabbendam), and A Sustainist Lexicon: Seven Entries to Recast the Future. He holds a PhD in the sociology of technology (University of London). Under the banner of his Sustainism Lab, based in Amsterdam, he currently develops cultural research and civic projects about sustainist culture, including collaborations with the Amsterdam University of the Arts and the Amsterdam-based social design hub ‘The Beach’.
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