Agree? Disagree? Somewhere in between? We all stand somewhere on the spectrum. Welcome to a physically activated conversation about how we act, when we act, and why.

Inspired and provoked by theater director Lisa Peterson (Iliad, Obie Nominee) and human rights lawyer, Purvi Shah (Center for Constitutional Rights). Moderated by Fred Dust (IDEO).

Creative tensions is produced in partnership by IDEO and the Sundance Institute Theater Program out of a mutual desire to bring creativity to unexpected places.

About the speaker

Fred Dust works with leaders and change agents to unlock the creative potential of business, government, educational, and philanthropic organizations. A partner at IDEO, the acclaimed international design firm, and a senior leader of IDEO’s New York office, Fred is a leading voice and practitioner of human-centered design and networked innovation.

Fred works with organizations confronting significant disruption stemming from shifts in consumer behavior and social trends, new technology, and regulatory and economic pressures. During his tenure, he has helped NBC redesign the TODAY show’s audience experience on Rockefeller Plaza, guided the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in helping students make smart decisions about paying for college, and collaborated with patients and staff to build innovative service models for the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. He advises and collaborates with a broad range of public sector organizations, government agencies, and non-profit and philanthropic foundations, including the US Agency for International Development, the US Office of Personnel Management, and the US Social Security Administration, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Fred is a frequently requested speaker, advisor, and lecturer. He currently serves on’s Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute, and the Board of Directors at The New School, the Board of Governors at Parsons. He lectures widely on various topics, including design methodology, future trends, and social innovation, and has taught at California College of the Arts and at the University of California, Berkeley School of Environmental Design.

This event will be livestreamed! Tune in here on Friday morning and watch us live!

This event will include a departure from our regular format (info below), so we’re anticipating the event will run until 10am. Plan a bit of extra time for this!

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