Making Futures: Rethinking Craft Communities, Taking on Global Challenges is a three-day conference taking place in Cebu, the Philippines from 6-8 March 2020 at the Quest Hotel. It is apartnership between the British Council and Plymouth College of Art  and supported through British Council’s Crafting Futures global programme, the Design Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Textile Research Institute.

Making Futures explores contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ in societies across the globe by investigating key issues concerning the progressive possibilities presented by the revival, development and promotion of these sectors. These issues, many of which will be discussed in Cebu, include: the changing nature of both craft and industry, developments in digital technologies, sustainability in the context of the global climate crisis, material innovations, social and community-based regeneration, and craft leadership.

The conference platform positions the Philippines and Southeast Asia as an exciting region for approaches and ideas that other parts of the world may not have heard of. It also actively seeks to stimulate the formation of connections and networks that can lead to future partnerships.

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Themed Sessions

Day 1

1. Making Leaders: Crafting Leadership Cultures
2. Digital-Analogue Crafting
3. Crafting in Industry

Day 2

1. Lifecycles of Material Worlds (Sustainability in Action)
2. Workshops: Materials and Processes in Transformation
3. Building Craft Networks and Partnerships in Action

Day 3

1. Craft as Social Enterprise
2. Lifecycles of Material Worlds (Sustainability in Action)
3. Cultural Tours

Featured Keynote Speakers

Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines) Artist National Artist of the Philippines for Film
Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui (Pakistan) Senior Programme Adviser/ Consultant Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute
Professor Cameron Tonkinwise (Australia) Director Design Innovation Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney
Kenza Oulaghada (Morocco) Weaver and Artisan Leader Anou
Tomas Diez (Spain) Director Fab Lab Barcelona

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