Age of Action

Kids as Changemakers

What if we radically re-imagined the way we see children? What if we saw them as changemakers, engaged humans, activists, scientists or inventors, and then helped them to develop their abilities for these roles? Emer Beamer from Designathon has put these questions into her work. During the first session, children will apply their own innovations to urgent issues.
In the second session, we present the quirky interactive art campaign Earth Speakr from artist Olafur Eliasson, where kids are sending climate change messages with AR faces. Can we convince politicians to start listening?


12:00 – 12:40 |  Children’s Own Solutions to Urgent Issues
Emer Beamer & Global Children's Designathon


12:50 – 13:30 |  Earth Speakr – Kids’ Climate Messages
Peter Lund & Taylor Dover

Earth Speakr is funded by the Federal Foreign Office on the occasion of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020 and realised in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. 

Emer Beamer
Emer founded Designathon Works to empower children globally to design a better world. Previously she co-founded Butterfly Works to co-create social change. Her first social enterprise was NairoBits, Kenya, a web design school for young people from informal settlements, started in 2000 and still going strong, now a family of schools in 5 African countries. Emer was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2016, and as Global Innovator of Dubai Expo 2020. eLearning programs she co-designed, such as
 'World starts with Me' (Uganda 2004) and 'Learning about Living' (Nigeria 2007), are regularly adapted for new countries in Africa and Asia and
have won prizes from the World Bank and the United Nations. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin (Ireland) and then studied Design at the Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands.

Global Children's Designathon
Hear from Nora and Joppe what the world could be like when children design better futures using new technologies...

Nora 12 jaar - topic Food and Climate

Joppe 11 jaar -  topic Plastic

Francis  - topic Food and Climate 

Peter Lund
Peter is a designer by heart and craft, whose work is driven by the passion to create digital products and services that move the world and create a sense of wonder. As the Global Chief Creative Officer of AKQA he is responsible for harnessing the power of the company’s global offering to deliver integrated creative solutions for some of the most forward-thinking brands on the planet including Nike, Google, Louis Vuitton. Peter spearheaded the opening of AKQA’s office in Paris to lead the creative department, offering high-end brand experience design for brands such as Disney, L’Oréal, Chanel and Hermès. Peter’s work has been recognized and featured with numerous industry awards including D&AD, Cannes Lions, One Show, Eurobest, Clio Awards, Crystal Festival and more.

Taylor Dover
Taylor Dover is Co-Director of Encounters at Studio Olafur Eliasson, and Associate at Studio Other Spaces – an interdisciplinary practice that connects art and architecture through experimental building projects and works in public space.