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Julia Monk - Better Future SPOTLIGHT

Updated: May 20, 2022

The Better Future SPOTLIGHT podcast series is a series of one on one conversations with executive designers focusing on how a Better Future can be achieved faster through a design lens.

This week on the Design Exec Club Spotlight Mark is joined by Julia Monk - Hospitality Thought Leader, Architect and Interior Designer - as they discuss the intricacies of change-making on our way to a Better Future. Throughout their conversation, Julia and Mark speak about a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset, and how we need to navigate the two as we age and move through different stages of our lives; the value of inclusive listening and engaging with those we disagree with; and the improved strength of design solutions that come from diversified teams.


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Quotes from Julia

we will get to a better future one step at a time
the one thing that COVID taught us is that we can’t get to [a better future] alone
in times like this the world needs to hold hands and act together
we need leadership and we need ground swell
not everybody is going to be curious
we all learn how to go from being a teenager to being an adult... but we weren’t taught how to go from being an adult to whatever comes after
as designers we have our own set of ethics... hopefully now we are all trying to be at the forefront of change and improving things
there is a moment in time when a decision is made between the designer and the client about what their values are and how they will execute their work
our political and cultural differences are so different, even within the family
i’ve been reading a lot about how to practice inclusive listening so that you can disagree
we need to find a basis of understanding for our discussions where we can start with all the things we have in common before we get to all of things that are different
[even if we disagree] I can’t go through life not having the ability to listen [to those i love]
a better future is a world that is much more inclusive, where we will have the opportunity to bring together teams from all over to create design solutions

Quotes from Mark

we have to design for everybody, not just the people that agree with us
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