Linnea Dimitriou and Marlene Johansson

Biographies Linnea Dimitriou and Marlene Johansson

Marlene Johansson is director of Sliperiet, a new space for makers and thinkers in Umeå, Sweden. Sliperiet is a ‘maker space’ and ‘FabLab’ with new technology related to design, architecture, media, games, film, prototyping, art and fashion. It functions as an incubator and work space for the creative industries, as well as a resource for researchers, students, businesses and public stakeholders. Sliperiet aims at being a flexible and open meeting space for thinkers and makers and the event space can host up to 340 people. Next to being the director of Sliperiet, Marlene is senior lecturer (associate professor) at Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), focussing on Business Administration and Entrepreneurship.

Linnea Dimitriou is an artist, designer, consultant and entrepreneur, as well as the artistic director of Sliperiet. In August 2012 she founded the GÖR Studio. Before that she was Subject Leader, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship at Ravensbourne Design & Media Institution, London (2009-2012), and Founder and CEO at Schmäck (2004-2009). Linnea has a background in fine art and design.

Engaging Encounter

The encounter took place on Friday March 13, 2015 at the Sliperiet in Umeå, Sweden

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Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.


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