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251: How To Design A Better Future with Angie Lee

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Today’s show will be the last one for a couple of months. I’m taking a summer break before the August 2020 release of my new book, Radical Alignment, co-authored with my husband, Bob Gower. Today’s show has everything to do with design–and we are going far beyond kitchen remodels. 

Angie Lee is someone I met in the last few months, and we bonded immediately. She’s an architect, partner, and Design Director of Interiors at FXCollaborative in NYC. Angie knows the importance of design and how it is a part of everything in our lives. The word “design” doesn’t mean just a drawing, but the creation of a plan to construct an object or system. Angie’s passion is how design shapes our human experience, even to the point of inclusion in the systems of our culture. The concept of design, specifically how it relates to our world, has been blowing my mind. Join us to learn more!

Music Credit: My good friend Lindsay Katt – https://lindsaykatt.bandcamp.com/track/stick-by-me 

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Show Highlights:

  • Angie’s work—and why she does it
  • The concept of design as it applies to the pandemic and “essential workers”
  • How design shapes behaviors and cultures
  • The need for women in design
  • Angie’s passion for shifting us out of the climate crisis
  • How a simple, yet impactful, design is helping birds in NYC
  • The importance of looking for long-term solutions in “designing for the invisible,” those people on the margins
  • The need for diversity and inclusion in business
  • How Angie is handling the pandemic crisis
  • How Angie broke the rules to get where she is today
  • The rules Angie followed to get where she is today
  • How Angie decides whether to follow a rule or break it

Links and resources:

Books recommended by Angie:

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez

The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design by Cheryl Heller

Any books by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Traister

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