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Notes from the CUSP Conference

“We all come here with a truckload of fears,” shouts Mike Ivers, president of capacity-building organization Goodcity. He’s riling up the crowd for the fourth annual CUSP—a “conference about the design of everything”—created by design firm Smbolic. And he’s wearing a blindfold. Ivers, a former priest who knows how to raise a roof, shares the stage with a group of…

It’s a Swamp Thing.

An IV drip of espresso would have stimulated the brain less than an afternoon at CUSP, the two-day innovation conference–created and hosted by design firm smbolic–that flipped Chicago’s lid last week. Swampman kicked it off. Covered in head-to-foot, craft-store moss, former priest Mike Ivers took the stage, complaining of deadlines: “I’m swamped!” he shouted, shedding peat. Ivers, now President of…

Infrastructure Activism

. To introduce his panel at last Thursday’s Infrastructures for Change Workshop, in Chicago, Giles Jacknain reminded us that the ancient Greeks had two words for city. The first was asty–or the inanimate bricks and mortar. The other: polis, or the city as a human entity. The conversation we were about to have, he suggested, was about moving from “asty…