Social impact designers who've failed and thrived.
FuckUp Nights is a global movement where people share their experiences with failure, how they responded and what they learned. It's a night that asks, "where is the beauty in the breakdown?".
AzuKo is an architecture charity that empowers disadvantaged communities through design. "We design and we give a damn." Now they feel it's time that the sector stands up and shares. Less gloating, more learning!
November 29th will feature 4 speakers from the world of public interest design, who will acknowledge failure, discuss what they'd do differently, connect, and give back.
100% of ticket sales and money raised on the night will go to AzuKo's sanitation project in Jogen Babu Maath slum, Bangladesh.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing but in rising every time we fall." - Nelson Mandela
Master of ceremonies, Peter Murray
Chairman / New London Architecture
Peter trained as an architect and was an editor of Building Design and RIBA Journal before starting Blueprint Magazine in 1983. He has curated a number of major architectural exhibitions and is Chairman of the communications consultancy Wordsearch. He is founder of both NLA and the London Festival of Architecture and is author of various architectural books including, 'The saga of Sydney Opera House' and 'A passion to build'. He is visiting professor of IE University in Madrid and Hon. Sec. of the Bedford Park Society.
Speaker, Jo Ashbridge
Director / AzuKo
Jo's passion lies in humanitarian work, disaster relief response and sustainable development. Her project portfolio includes constructing one room shelters in Vietnam, developing an incremental phased expansion for a hospital in southwest Uganda, authoring guidelines for T-shelters post disaster and most recently researching earthen architecture in low income communities across Bangladesh. In 2014, Jo established AzuKo to grow the impact of participatory design. She regularly speaks on architecture and design for international development.
In 2015, Jo consulted for The World Bank and Government of Bangladesh, providing recommendations for a disaster preparedness project. She'll question her impact - was it simply a bureaucratic tick box exercise?
Speaker, Jack Graham
Founder / Year Here
Jack is the CEO and Founder of Year Here. He is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and a Non-Executive Director of Kitchenette, London's first kitchen incubator for food startups. Jack was recently named one of Nesta and The Observer's 50 New Radicals. Jack also founded Year Here while at the Young Foundation. At the Young Foundation he invested in and supported the social entrepreneurs behind, among others, Working Rite and Enabling Enterprise and co-authored Growing Social Ventures.
After leaving a cosy consultancy job in London to pursue his interest in international development, Jack found himself working in Zambia, increasingly downcast with the realisation that he was having negligible impact.
Speaker, Lauren Currie
Founder / #upfront
Head of Design / Good Lab
Lauren is a designer and innovator. This year ELLE featured her as one of the 30 women under 30 changing the world. At the age of 23 she co-founded the service design and social innovation agency, Snook. She has worked with organisations all over the world on challenges ranging from creating new products and services to transforming organisational processes and behaviours.
Lauren is making conference stages more diverse. She does this by inviting people who want to experience what it feels like to be on stage to join her. You get to be on stage without the pressure of performing. If you are nervous, afraid or simply curious - this is for you.
Speaker, Finn Williams
Public Planner / Greater London Authority
Founder / Common Office
Finn is an architect-turned-planner based in London. He studied architecture at the Mackintosh in Glasgow, FAUP in Porto, and the Royal College of Art where he was given the New London Architecture prize. Finn worked for Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and General Public Agency before setting up Common Office, an independent practice working with planning, politics, and the public.