(For a brief period, I used to ask members of my audience to obscure their faces, at which point I would take a picture. While I enjoyed this process, it proved unsustainable, and I only took four or five such images. This one, at left, is from SXSW Interactive, 2008.)
Improvisation: A Tricentennial Conference. Panel discussion (moderator) on The Dark Side of Improv. December 1, 2018, New Orleans.
Selected past appearances:
The Future of Advertising in an Age of Tribalism. Institute for the Future. Mountain View, CA. September 2018.
How To Win The War Against Seeing. Portland Design Week main stage. Portland, OR. April 2016
Knotty Objects. Moderator, “Manufactured Objects” panel, with Revital Cohen, Anab Jain, Tanya Menendez. MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA. July 2015
Things Speak Symposium. Keynote. Sheldon Museum, Lincoln, NE. October 2014
March 2014: Design & Violence Debate I. Discussion with Cody Wilson, moderated by Paola Antonelli, on 3D printing and weapons, at the Museum of Modern Art. Video. Coverage on Gizmodo. Coverage on PCMag.com. Storify.
May 2013: Significant Objects: A Conversation with Elizabeth Merritt. Conversation with Elizabeth Merritt of the Center for the Future of Museums on objects, stories, and the museum context. American Alliance of Museums: Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo, Baltimore.
December 2012: Significant Objects: Do Good Stories Make Objects More Valuable? Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Conference. Chicago, Illinois
June 2012: Stories, Consumed. On objects, narratives, and significant consumption. Keynote at The Ad Club “Consumed” Edge Conference. Boston, MA.
February 2012: A Conversation with Bobbi Patterson. Rob Walker and Bobbi Patterson of Emory University’s Department of Religion talk about one of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism — that suffering is caused by desire — and the complexity of navigating contemporary consumer culture.
May 2011: As Real As it Gets: Imaginary Objects and Fictional Critiques. Keynote at School of Visual Arts Design Criticism Conference. New York, NY
December 2010: Implausible Futures For Unpopular Places. Lecture on Hypothetical Development Organization project at Grand Arts. Kansas City, MO
October 2010: Imprint Culture Lab 2010: Conversations. Panelist (with Alex Bogusky, John Maeda). New York, NY
April 2010: Significant Objects. PSFK Conference keynote. New York, NY
October 2009: Creating A New Craft Culture. Keynote at American Craft Council conference. Minneapolis, MN
June 2009: HOW Design Conference. Keynote. Austin, TX
May 2009: If You Follow Me I Will Follow You Back. Keynote at “Blowing Up The Brand,” New York University conference. New York, NY
March 2009: SXSW Interactive:. Panelist (with Tim Brown, Gary Hustwit, others), Objectified panel. Austin, TX.
November 2008: Marketing Week conference, keynote Q&A. Toronto, ON
June 2008: Printer’s Row Book Fair/CSPAN2. Chicago, IL.
March 2008: SXSW Interactive. “Buying In” reading at Austin, Tx.
March 2006: Guest lecture for “Colloquium on Design Criticism,” Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. New York, NY.
Dec. 2005: “Letters From New Orleans” reading, Gulf Coast Writers Literary Evening fundraiser, Little Red Schoolhouse Performance Space, New York, NY.
May 2005: Panelist on “New Voices In Design Criticism” panel, ID Magazine/RISD/NAJP. New York, NY.
April 2005: Lecture at “Beyond The Object,” IDSA-NY conference. NY, NY.
March 2005: Lecture, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies IEM Spring Lecture Series. New Haven, CT.
April 2004: Hearst Visiting Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin (College of Communication). Austin, TX.
April 2004: Panel moderator: “Shopping And The City: The Good, the Bad, and the Fabulous in New York Retail Design,” MAS Urbanists event. New York, NY.
April 2004: Panel discussion, panelist: “Transculturalism.” Trace Magazine / Columbia University. New York, NY.
Feb. 2004: Hitesman Lecturer , Louisiana State University (School of Mass Communication). Baton Rouge, LA