Designing for Sustainability on Earth and in Space

Track: ASCEND

Time: 1045-1155 ET

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This session draws from Systems Thinking to ask long term questions about the responsibilities that humans face to create sustainable, equitable communities both on Earth and wherever we operate in space. The concepts are drawn directly from the research portfolio of the Space Enabled Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, which pursues a mission to advance justice in Earth’s complex systems using designs enabled by space. In pursuit of this mission, Space Enabled works to support sustainability both on earth and in space. The work of Space Enabled includes projects within in three themes: Using space technology to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; Designing systems to make space more sustainable and accessible; and Exploring the links between technology and justice using social science research.

  • Danielle Wood, Director, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab
  • Katlyn Turner, Research Scientist, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab
  • David Colby Reed, Graduate Researcher, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab

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