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Words Tend to Be Inadequate

The power of shared language in accelerating change

Navigating the changes our societies are currently undergoing demands an unprecedented level of consultation, collaboration, and mutual understanding. In this context, the creation of a new economy calls for careful inclusion of multiple voices and approaches. Beyond the conflicting perspectives of experts and the clamors of media, practical, common terminology has become a requirement to exchange knowledge and to translate our respective ambitions into shared value and collective action. In the mid-70s, American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer unleashed her seminal series Truisms into the world. The text-based work consisted of a number of sentences projected on buildings and streets. Some…
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Isabelle Swiderski founded her design-for-impact agency Seven25 in 2007 to help values-driven organizations leverage the power of design. Marrying an MBA and MA in Design, Isabelle facilitates systems change and social justice and innovation work in partnership with NGOs, universities, governments, entrepreneurs, and ecosystem builders globally. She also serves as ... Read more
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