Shared Voices: The RISD Presidential Speaker Series

Together, Building the Sustainable New Economy



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A transportation entrepreneur, Chase is the founder of Zipcar, Buzzcar and Veniam Works. She will talk about how we can build a sustainable new economy through collaboration and sharing.

RISD Interim President Rosanne Somerson worked with faculty members to select Chase as the featured guest speaker for the 2014 series. This conversation is co-hosted by Associate Professor of Industrial Design Andrew Law and Assistant Professor of History, Philosophy + Social Sciences Jennifer Prewitt-Freilino.

Chase's presentation,"Together, Building the Sustainable New Economy," will focus on transitioning from the old industrial economy to the new "collaboration economy," which is changing how we work, how we build businesses, and how we use resources. She will explore the future of this economy, with companies partnering with individuals to deliver local, customized, specialized goods—and how, as we confront a challenging future, we build a path towards community and abundance. "RISD is a place where critical makers are inventing the future every day," notes RISD Interim President Rosanne Somerson.

"New tools and methods are enabling bold, inventive ways of working, and systems of production and distribution that reshape our relationship to the world and to 'ownership.' We are thrilled to welcome Robin Chase to campus, to learn more about her leadership role in creating a sustainable new economy, and to hear her thoughts on our emerging culture of cooperation and sharing."


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Rhode Island School of Design




Art Practice | Behavioral Economics | Environmental Studies | Science and Technology Studies

Together, Building the Sustainable New Economy