Incubating the Future of Design Education with Debera Johnson

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 17:45 to 19:30
OCAD Auditorium, 100 McCaul St.
Community members: 

How can we incubate the future of design education and change the world at the same time? Get an inside look and meet some of the key people and projects that have shaped the success of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation.

Both a platform to launch a green business and a design consultancy for world projects, the Incubator offers a unique way to use the power of networks, collaboration and community to get things done. Deb will share the story of Solar Ivy, currently on display at New York's MoMA; a recent project for the Sustainable South Bronx Greenway project; and her latest Design Jam that brought 40 designers, HIV experts and media artists together for UNESCO's “Cultural Logic” project.

About the Speaker:
Debera Johnson is known for stirring the pot and making the unlikely happen. She considers herself a catalyst for change, persistent collaborator and risk taker. To have company along the way she founded and directs the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation, Design in Kind and the Center for Sustainable Design Studies at Pratt. A graduate from Pratt’s Industrial Design program, Deb is a tenured faculty and serves as Pratt’s Academic Director for Sustainability. Deb’s constant is to provide opportunities for talented people to do amazing things and thanks Pratt for giving her the platform to be an entrepreneur in an academic setting. More about Deb and her work is available at and

Debera Johnson banner collage