Tony Fry, The Studio at the Edge of the World 

Tony Fry  is the founder and director of The Studio at the Edge of the World. Tony is an internationally recognised design theorist, educator, and author. For several decades he has been at the leading edge of rethinking design towards it becoming a more viable force of affirmative change. He holds visiting and adjunct positions at the University of Tasmania, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Ibagué, Colombia. He was the founding director of the EcoDesign Foundation, Sydney (1991-2001), Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney, (1998-2001); Honorary Research Associate, University of Sydney (1996-2001); Associate Director, University of Sydney National Key Centre of Design Quality (1991-92); Senior Lecturer in Design and Theory, Power Institute, University of Sydney, (1985-96). He has held visiting professorships, lectureships and fellowships at universities in Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America. He has also run many professional development courses and seminars for the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (NSW and Queensland Chapters). He is on the editorial board of a number of journals and a founder and contributor to Design Philosophy Papers (2003-2017).

Tony is the author of fourteen books, has edited three, has essays in twenty-four collections and has over 200 published articles and conference papers. His most recent books are City Futures in the Age of a Changing Climate Routledge, 2014; Design and the Question of Historyjointly authored with Clive Dilnot and Susan Stewart; and Steel: A Design, Cultural and Ecological History, jointly authored with Anne-Marie Willis, both published in 2015 by Bloomsbury. His latest book Remaking Cities: An Introduction to Urban Metrofitting was published by Bloomsbury in July 2017.

Duncan Fairfax, Goldsmiths, University of London

Duncan Fairfax is the programme leader for the MA in Design and Environment and a director of the Prospect and Innovation Research Studio (Pi) at Goldsmiths. He is also an international research associate of the recently established design consultancy and think tank, “The Studio at the Edge of the World,” started by renowned design philosopher and sustainability theorist Professor Tony Fry. His principle areas of research and teaching cover the discourses of contemporary ecology, sustainability, environmental ethics, system and service design, innovation, leadership, and change management. His most recent work is focused on the development of a new, more ethically appropriate and responsible, understanding of the nature of the “praxis” of design, as it can be derived from contemporary sociological theories of practice, extended and embodied, or enactive theories of mind within contemporary neuroscience, and ontological theories of design.

Tristan Schultz, Bec Barnett, Relative Creative

Relative Creative design communication, strategies, experiences and events that help people think, talk and mobilise sustainable futures. Relative Creative offer their collaborators Gold Coast’s leading strategic design agency and design lab. They are a passionate, multi-disciplined design studio with expertise in strategic foresight and systemic design theories, methods and practices. Team works to advance transitions towards more sustainable and socially responsible ecological, socio- economic, political, policy, governance, cultural & arts paradigms through our intersecting areas of expertise:
▪   Visual communication design  ▪  Service & product design  ▪  Experiences & events design
▪   Film & production design ▪ Participatory design ▪ Design-led facilitation ▪ Critical resear ▪ Public art

Jānis Ķīnasts, nēbetjā

 is a redirective placemaking praxis consulting, researching and educating about planning, design and management.

Jānis is redirective practitioner with almost ten years of international experience in urban planning and design. He believes in making care as the fundamental substance of design. 

Gunita Kuļikovska, Vividly

Gunita’s background is in architecture, urbanism, and strategic design. Her curiosity and entrepreneurial mindset led her into founding the immersive tech company Vividly. Since 2016, she has been actively involved in discussions about immersive tech for better cities, engaging communities and digital master planning. Gunita is a member of Woman in VR as well as an active opinion leader in immersive tech space, a TEDx speaker and a member of Forbes 30 under 30.  Gunita will be talking about the future of participatory planning with immersive XR technology and an integrated digital master planning approach based on findings of the Augmented Urbans  project.

Alija Turlaja, Riga Neighborhood Alliance

Alija Turlaja is an entrepreneur and active citizen. Already 8 years she is leading a community organisation representing Sarkandaugava neighbourhood. Main focus of Alija’s work through neighbourhood activism has been to promote the role of neighbourhood associations and citizen participation in the city planning processes. Alija has a Master's degree in Culture and Arts Management. She produced several projects during the European Capital of Culture Riga2014, including the successful public space transformation project "Alekša skvērs", which is only one tangible results after the EcoC ended. Alija is one of the founders of the Riga Neighborhood Alliance, where she has worked on implementing participatory budgeting in Riga city municipality.

Māris Jonovs, City for People

Maris Jonovs is a chairman of the association “City for People”, the creator of a more humane, greener and cleaner urban environment, facilitator of convenient and safe traffic.

Jure Martinec

Jure Martinec is a European designer & technologist, interested in how we express and shape ideas and the potential of emerging technologies that augment us. His recent vocabulary includes phrases like augmented intelligence, creative AI, privacy & ethics, open platforms, collaborative systems and new media.

He uses them in projects like Hacking HouseholdsPost‑Digital Reader and Trust Me, It's ArtHyperHuman (IDEO), various consulting activities, as well as other random explorations. Some of his thinking is on the internet. Occasionally he collaborates on projects and develops prototypes.

Hyperhuman was a collaboration between IDEO Munich, London, and Chicago.
Core77Design Awards 2019,   Speculative Design Award Winner

Thomas Grogan, Natalja Saveljeva, Tuda Syuda

Tuda Syuda is a terraforming platform led by a 'conversation' between two artificial intelligence systems, Chef and Farmer. In their interplay, they generate experimental new dishes and terrain-scale interiors. Meanwhile, human users pluck these dishes and landscapes from a dynamic interface that allows them to consume in the accelerating artifice of agriculture.

Thomas Grogan - artist and design researcher from France;
Paul van Herk - architect and writer from Australia;
Ivan Puzyrev - AR and VR developer from Russia
Liudmila Savelieva  - artist and photographer from Russia.

They first collaborated together during The New Normal at Strelka Institute in Moscow, Russia in 2018, united by their common interests in the graphics, bodies and residues of networked global systems. Their first research project together delves into the fields of applied AI, agriculture and food design.

Linda Sleja, VEFRESH

VEFRESH movement was launched in 2019 when VEF district technology companies joined forces with real estate developers and Riga municipality owned culture venue “VEF Kulturas pils”. The movement aims to redevelop VEF district as a pilot territory for smart city solutions where corporations, start ups and public sector prototype and test their latest solutions in public space.
Based at the industrial quarter of former electronics giant “VEF” and its surrounding territories, VEFRESH has set out to transform this location as a dynamic environment for people to live, work and relax. VEFRESH stands for a people-friendly, sustainable environment, convenient, accessible public transport and new technology use in benefit of the diverse people of VEF district.
At the same time VEFRESH will also work to bring the idea further and advocate for development and promotion of innovation that comes from the Baltics at the international stage.

Viesturs Celmiņš - anthropologist specializing in design and planning. From 2013/2014. he organized The City Seminar at the University of Cambridge. 2015/2016 he participated in the creation of the Baltic Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale and since 2016 has been studying the future of knowledge territories in the framework of the project “Live Baltic Campus” at the University of Latvia.
Lāsma Ivaska - Innovation lead, Project manager
Linda Sleja - Marketing Intern

Nesli Hazal Akbulut, Estonian Academy of arts

Estonian Academy of arts (EKA) provides higher education in art, design, architecture, media, art history and conservation-restoration, promoting creativity and research through those fields. 

Project: Foresight Centre of the Estonian Parliament has collaborated with the Estonian Academy of Arts for the second time  for a three weeks-long Speculative Design course. Students from Product Design BA and Interaction Design MA curriculums worked together in teams to speculate on the future of retirement in 2050.

Lecturer: Nesli Hazal Akbulut, is an interaction designer and an educator based in Tallinn. She has obtained her Master's Degree from EKA's International Interaction Design Masters program where she currently works as a lecturer and a curriculum developer.