Break Some Dishes, a podcast by Verda Alexander and Jon Strassner, takes a closer look at some of the environmental crises we face as a global community, and under the lens of creativity and design, talks to outliers who have worked to break some dishes and find solutions. Bad design is bad for the planet. We need to design our way out of our climate crisis! Verda is an artist and designer and Jon is a talker, and together they find those unique people who have found amazing ways to make a difference in saving our planet. We'll talk about ghost fishing, ocean plastic pollution and the work being done to remove poisonous ingredients from products. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg, so before it melts, join us for some lively discussion on fixing things!
Creating with wonder and rigor.
51:13According to Natalie Nixon, more organizations need to have improvisational ways of working. Natalie says, “The future of work is Jazz.” Jazz is a model for new ways to work and optimize creativity. Described as a one-of-a-kind creativity expert, Natalie is the Creative Strategist and CEO at strategy firm, Figure 8 Thinking.In this episode, Natalie talks with Jon and Verda about the importance of wonder and rigor when it comes to creativity and innovation, the ethics of aesthetics, jazz and improv in the workplace, the responsibility designers hold as the gatekeepers to how we navigate the world, and more.Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: ofs.com/imagineaplace
Building to better: LIVE from Greenbuild 2022
1:01:25Let's break some dishes with game changers in sustainability LIVE from Greenbuild 2022!Our guests today talk with Jon and Verda about how they lead and make sustainable change in different ways through biomaterials and carbon capture, water and energy conservation, design accountability, carbon offsets, or resource reuse.Guest lineup includes:> Elizabeth Bridges, Co-founder at Sum Studio and OurCarbon> Alisha McFetridge, Co-founder & CEO at RainStick> Sean McFetridge, Co-founder & CTO at RainStick> Ren Decherney, Built Environment Lead at Cradle to Cradle> Garr Punnett, Chief Impact Officer at Rheaply> Rebecca Best, EVP Sustainability at Material BankLearn more from these change leaders that are creating solutions for a more sustainable future and a circular economy. Check out the additional tips they recommend for you to help effect change in your own communities.Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place
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New Year, New Dishes To Break
38:32We are breaking into the New Year with a twist. Our January episode kicks us off into 2023 where Jon and Verda have an insightful one-on-one conversation with each other. Guided by research, articles, and books the pair have read lately, they discuss different topics to lead us into 2023 including:- Green technology- What it means to be in "Goblin Mode"- Behavior habits and healthcare - Difficulties in making lasting change 2023 is here, let's get ready to break some dishes! Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place
Sustainability at Sea: LIVE from the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo
1:18:58The Cruise Ship Interiors Expo is the world’s only exhibition and conference exclusively dedicated to connecting the cruise design industry - and Break Some Dishes had the unique opportunity to podcast LIVE from the event! In today's episode, you'll hear from:Jon Ingleton | Executive Editor of Cruise & Ferry InteriorsMy Nguyen | Director of Interior Design, Holland America GroupGreg Walton | Founding Partner, Studio DadoThese amazing guests sat down to educate us on the sustainable innovation happening in the cruise industry, as well as the challenges this industry looks to address in the near future. Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place
From Scientist to Climatist.
46:41Our guest today, Akshat Rathi, comes to us with a background in engineering and is a Senior Climate Reporter at Bloomberg, focused on shaping the energy and climate change conversation around the world. In this episode, Akshat discusses with Jon and Verda the different levers to be pulled to create climate action including policy, business, technology, people, and the media. He talks about technology trends, where the green opportunities lie for large companies, how media and the younger generation are influencing the climate crisis, and more.Read more from Akshat Rathi on Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AUdOobfNzkQ/akshat-rathiBreak Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place
How to raise your climate voice.
33:56How can we truly create radical change? Well, according to Jennifer Allyn, it's time to harness the power of the private sector to solve the climate crisis - and it starts with empowering YOU to motivate your company to support climate policy. Described as a true climate champion, Jennifer Allyn is the Director of Programs and Campaigns at ClimateVoice, an organization working to unlock corporate influence to address the crisis at scale. In today's episode, Jennifer will explain how we can each begin to raise our climate voices to push our companies to lobby for bold and equitable climate policy, as well as take more swift action to achieve our organization's climate goals.Learn more about ClimateVoice:https://climatevoice.org/Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place
Can a design firm save humanity?
41:41For this Break Some Dishes episode, our guest is the Founding Principal and Chief Design Officer of MASS Design Group, Alan Ricks!MASS stands for Model of Architecture Serving Society and Alan does just that, leading the strategy and design of projects around the globe and advancing the role of design to create a more equitable and just world.In this episode, Alan, Jon, and Verda come together to discuss the importance of creating a balance in the built environment and the impact of design choices to create change, social justice, and more.Get to know MASS Design Group: https://www.massdesigngroup.org/Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place
LIVE from NeoCon: Part 2 - Deconstructing design for a better tomorrow
1:00:36LIVE from NeoCon part 2 is here! In the last installment of our Live from NeoCon series, we chat with six incredible guests, all with unique backgrounds and experiences, to help us discover new ways of thinking and exploring fresh ideas in the world of design and sustainability. In today's episode, you'll hear from:Paul Shahriari | Founder & Chief Innovation Officer | ecomedesElizabeth Whelan | Founder and Principal |Elizabeth Whelan DesignDavid Cordell | Senior Technical Coordinator, Sustainability leader, and Associate Principal | Perkins+WillRebekah Matheny | Associate Professor, Department of Design | The Ohio State UniversityJudd Rosengart | Sr. VP of Sales Uhuru Design | Co-Founder Heirloom DesignDave Bryant | Vice President at One Workplace | Co-Founder at Heirloom DesignFrom the OFS showroom in Chicago, these amazing guests sat down to discuss the intersection of design, sustainability, and technology, how to truly eliminate harmful materials, and why the time is now for the design community to lean into our creativity to build a better tomorrow. Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place
LIVE from NeoCon: Part 1 - Designing for the future.
51:00And we're LIVE! Ok, we decided to do something a little different...during NeoCon we managed to do a series of podcasts LIVE from the OFS showroom in Chicago. These conversations were incredible and we are so excited to finally share them with you! In today's episode, you'll hear from:Lauren Perich | Senior Designer | Studio O+ATodd Bracher | Founder & Creative Director | Todd Bracher StudioCarolyn Clark Beedle | Director Audience Development | One WorkplaceThese amazing guests sat down to discuss rethinking materials, reimaging the design process, and how the design community just might be the best group to give our world a fighting chance at a more sustainable future. Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place
Design for Good is Good for Design
47:57John Cary, currently the President & CEO of Eames Institute, is typicallybusy working his magic to bring design to the people. John has been a keyplayer in the Pro Bono Design movement for a long time, and that doesn’t appearto be changing anytime soon. Everyone deserves good design. Verda tells us thatinterior designers care a lot about people, the problem is that it hastraditionally been for a specific group of people. We want more people toexperience good design, so join us as we talk with John about PublicArchitecture, Eames Institute, and more.