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How can we collaborate as designers to provide creative solutions for social, cultural, & economic issues in a post-pandemic, climate-challenged world?

From the clothes we wear to the buildings we inhabit – a series of provocations and discussions that could redefine how we view the world around us.


Kyrk Macmillan | WOODWOOD

An overview of how a mid-sized fashion company tackles sustainability, taking into account external trends in the industry, ensuring we use CSR as a value driver and build a comprehensive second life model in our quest towards B-CORP certification.

Originally from East Kilbride, Kyrk is now the C.E.O of Wood Wood, a Danish apparel and lifestyle brand founded in 2002 with seven stores in Denmark, two in Berlin and a new London flagship.

Making Brands Work

Stuart Gilmour | STAND

As the world moves ever faster and becomes inreasingly complex, people demand much more from the choices they make. Now, brand consultants, have to get behind closed doors and deep dive into the truths and purpose that really lie at the heart of our brands and organisations. We find the solid ground for meaningful brands to build upon.

Stuart Gilmour is the co-founder of Stand – Glasgow and Amsterdam based design consultancy, which he set up with Maggie Croft in 2003. He started his career in advertising before moving to renowned agency Graven Images. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, including promotional marketing, below-the-line, experiential, packaging and branding. Notable clients have included, Beam Suntory, Skyscanner, Glasgow Subway, The Scottish Government, Muirhead Leather, Glasgow School of Art The Glasgow Distillery Co. and UCI 2023 Cycling World Championship.

Making Waves with Timber


The climate emergency demands we make greater use of timber in construction. This needs to be placed at the heart of Scotland’s economic, environmental and industrial policy. Change is never easy: making waves with wood can make this happen!

Peter Wilson is an architect and writer with over 20 years experience in the research and development of new timber products & systems. He heads the Mass Timber Academy, set up to teach architects, technologists & structural engineers everything about modern timber technologies that universities still don’t.

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