Michiel Schwarz is a design thinker, cultural innovator, and futurist best known for his "Sustainism" manifesto and, more recently, the Sustainist Design Guide.
Connecting social design to sustainable innovation, he looks at how design is embracing a new social and ecological sensibility, as we collectively "design" our built and natural environment.
Schwarz is founding director of Sustainism Lab, a project platform based in Amsterdam. Current projects include collaborations with the social design hub The Beach and the cultural center Pakhuis de Zwijger (both in Amsterdam), and with the School of Design at Ambedkar University Delhi (India).
His cultural manifesto, Sustainism is the New Modernism (DAP/Distributed Art Publishers, 2010), created with Joost Elffers, was followed by Sustainist Design Guide: How sharing, localism, connectedness and proportionality are creating a new agenda for social design (BIS Publishers, 2013) with Diana Krabbendam.
Among his earlier books: The Technological Culture (in Dutch; with Rein Jansma) and Speed: Visions of an Accelerated Age (with Jeremy Millar).
An artist in residence at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, Schwarz holds a PhD from the University of London in the sociology of technology.
This program is funded, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Consulate General in New York.