Pre-Conference Tour: City Tour & Storytelling Workshop

The Design Principles & Practices Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Tour.

Join fellow conference delegates for this specially designed walking tour and workshop. This tour is a great way to meet fellow delegates before the conference as well as experience and engage with George Brown College and Toronto in a creative way.

Designer’s Walk: City, Culture, & Stories
‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’- Henry David Thoreau

This special event organized by the ‘Creative Practitioner Lab’ at the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), George Brown College is a one day tour of the design landscape around George Brown College with a related storytelling activity for scholars and professionals interested in exploring the multicultural vibrancy of downtown Toronto and its art and design centers. Participants will explore the School of Design as well as George Brown College neighborhood's design landmarks.

Attendees will record the lived experience of this journey and their collected sources of inspiration, and will share and present their individual experiences using narrative techniques acquired during the storytelling workshop that will take place at the School of Design, George Brown College.

Global Village Workshop

Technology as a tool is becoming ever more accessible and integrated within the fabrics of our day to day. With its ever evolving potentials and capabilities, individuals from across the globe can connect and share their stories with complete strangers. These emerging collective stories, as consumed through various media platforms, build the discussions that begin to define our places, people and cultures, often creating new meaning through misinterpretations and decontextualized assumptions.

This workshop is an exercise that explores how using different storytelling methods can help to render the unknown more tangible; to better understand how through the narrow viewfinders of social media platforms, new meaning is created regarding people, societies, and cultures.

Date: Wednesday, 1 March
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Noon): Tour
12:00 PM (Noon) - 2:00PM: Lunch around the St. Lawrence Market or Distillery District
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Storytelling Workshop, School of Design Room 130

Cost: FREE
Location: Delegates are to meet at the School of Design Entrance (located on Richmond Street) at George Brown College at 8:30AM, the tour promptly leaves at 9AM.

Booking: There are limited amount of spaces, as the School of Design is specifically organizing this unique experience. In order to secure your spot, make sure you register for the conference and sign up for the tour! If you've already registered, please contact support to sign up for the tour!

Conference Welcome Reception

The Design Principles & Practices Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Welcome Reception.

Common Ground Research Networks and the Design Principles & Practices Conference will be hosting a welcome reception at the Waterfront Campus at George Brown College. The reception will be held directly following the last parallel session of the first day, Thursday, 2 March 2017. Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers for drinks, light hor d'oeuvres, and a chance to converse.

We look forward to hosting you!

Documentary Screening: Future Ways of Living

Future Ways of Living Documentary Screening

Presented by the Institute without Boundaries in association with Meet the Media Guru

Join Luigi Ferrara and the Institute without Boundaries* team for a private screening and discussion about Future Ways of Living.
Delegates that attend the screening will receive a free copy of the Future Ways of Living publication.
Additionally, popcorn, drinks, and candy will be provided.


At the World Expo in Milan, Italy, a group of global thought leaders, designers and students participate in a collaborative event organized by the Institute without Boundaries and Meet the Media Guru. Their goal is to critique and re-design our societal systems, from healthcare to shelter and mobility. Their work tackles the world’s "wicked problems" and paints a vision of the future that brings Marshall McLuhan’s global village one step closer to being realized.

The Future Ways of Living documentary was an opportunity to showcase the power of collaborative creation and highlight how participatory design can begin processes of reflection, collaboration and understanding. The challenges, difficulties and excitement of such processes are reflected in the film which captured the personal perspectives of the diverse people who came from around the world to participate in the Charrette process organized by the Institute without Boundaries and hear the Meet the Media Guru thought leaders. The film focuses on illustrating the challenging moments of collaboration and the impact that working together has on those involved. The film captures both the potential and the difficulties of working together as a global village to solve the wicked problems that define our world today.

*The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) was founded in 2003 by the School of Design at George Brown College, in consultation with Bruce Mau. The IwB is a Toronto-based academic program and studio that offers unique educational experience and professional services. The Institute focuses on collaborative design practice with the objectives of social, ecological and economic innovation through design research and strategy.