Robin Chase

Together Building the Sustainable New

As we transition from the old industrial economy to a new economy based on collaboration, we are changing how we work, how we build businesses and how we use resources. In the new economy, companies will partner with individuals to deliver local, customized and specialized goods. In a world with a challenging future, we need to follow a path towards community and abundance.

April 22 at 7:30pm

RISD Auditorium

Open to the public and streaming online.

A transportation entrepreneur, Robin Chase is the founder and former CEO of three startups that have changed our approach to car ownership: Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a carsharing service in France that brings together car owners and drivers; and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is also executive chairman of Veniam’Works, a vehicle mesh communications company based in Portugal.

Chase is on the boards of the World Resources Institute, the US Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s International Transport Forum. She has also served on the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group and the Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.

Chase lectures widely, is frequently featured in major media outlets and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design and the environment, including Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company’s Fast 50 Innovators and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. She holds degrees from Wellesley College and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.

faculty co-hosts

Jennifer Prewitt-Freilino

After completing her PhD in social psychology from the University of Oklahoma, Jennifer Prewitt-Freilino joined the faculty in 2007, becoming RISD’s first full-time associate professor of psychology. Her course offerings include introductory classes in psychology, along with topical courses involving issues of gender and sexuality, along with race in contemporary media.

Andy Law

An associate professor in Industrial Design, Andy Law specializes in the areas of production, entrepreneurial and social networks. He holds an MID from the Royal College of Art in London and is completing work on Weather Crier, a customizable device for reporting weather. It demonstrates how online manufacturing and financing services allow tinkerers to convert prototypes into finished products.

SHARED VOICES The RISD Presidential Speaker Series offers a forum for welcoming some of the most expansive thinkers of our times to campus. Each speaker is a master of his or her domain but is also ready to transcend it, sharing the RISD community’s own belief in the fruitful exchange of ideas that happens when artists, designers, activists, scientists and other scholars really talk and listen to each other.

The 2014 Speakers

Susan Szenasy

Author, educator & publisher of Metropolis magazine

The 2013 Speakers

Dan Ariely

bestselling author, Duke University professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics

Hal Abelson

author, activist, computer scientist, founding director of Creative Commons

The 2012 Speakers

Juan Enriquez

author, businessman, academic managing director, Excel Venture Management

Lisa Randall

particle physicist, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard University

Kevin Kelly

author, technology specialist, co-founder of Wired magazine