We are currently facing a set of problems of a type and complexity that the world has not experienced before. From global financial instability, the western obesity epidemic, and plastic pollution, to climate and ecological breakdown, we are facing potentially catastrophic collapse of the systems that our modern world depends on. Many of these issues can be seen to stem from current business and design activities that optimize for small parts the system, but fail to consider the larger cumulative impact of these activities over time.

In this talk J. Paul discusses New Kind of Design, which outlines new approaches to design practice with new frames and methods to address complexity and computational irreducibility in design and business. The work points the way to new paths forward for addressing the complex problems we face as a society today, and new meaningful opportunities for design and business.