CREATIVES FOR OUR FUTURE
Swarovski Foundation: Creatives for Our Future is a new global grant program designed with advisor the United Nations Office for Partnerships to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative leaders in sustainability.
The program is open to all creatives worldwide aged 18-25. Applications for the program closed on 9th April 2021.
Creative expression is a vehicle for evolution – not only for concepts and products, but also for changes in thinking and behavior.
Creatives for Our Future will harness the unique critical thinking and problem-solving abilities of young creatives in this pivotal era.
We aim to empower the next generation of creative talent to unlock innovative new approaches to our global sustainability challenges and drive progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Swarovski Foundation: Creatives for Our Future extends the Swarovski Foundation’s mission to foster and support cultural, education and advocacy collaborations addressing human rights and environmental issues, inequality and wellbeing.
The program is open to all creatives worldwide aged 18 to 25 at the time of application (the deadline was 11.59PM on 9th April 2021) from across disciplines including fashion, design, art, architecture and engineering – with no limit to creative medium.
Successful applicants will have a keen interest in, demonstration of, or exemplary potential to use the creative process to accelerate awareness, technologies or solutions for sustainable development.
© Juju Wang in Wattens Austria for Swarovski Designers of Future 2019
On 21 April 2021, the successful creative cohort was selected and notified. Full details on the creative cohort can be found here.
The 9 selected grantees will receive financial support (15,000 USD) to further their practice and design new pathways for a better world.
© Unda by Anjali Srinivasan, Design Miami Basel 2016
The funding is paired with an educational program in collaboration with top international institutions, tailored mentorship and industry networking connections with guidance from the Swarovski Foundation.
© Study O Portable at Design Miami Basel for Designers of Future 2018
Throughout the program, grantees will be provided support to develop the innovations outlined in their applications and drive progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. The grantees will also be invited to present in September 2021 – around the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly.
© Studio Brynjar & Veronika at Design Miami Basel for Designers of Future 2016
We are pleased to present the creative cohort for the inaugural edition of the Swarovski Foundation: Creatives for Our Future program.
Yara Mohamed Ewida
Our advocates are leaders in their field and represent the broadest range of creative disciplines from fashion and art to technology and science. The full list of advocates are listed below.
Chair of the Swarovski Foundation
and Founder of Free As
A Human Foundation
Architect & Designer
Founder and CEO
Editor and broadcaster
Founder of Parley for
General Manager of
Uribe & Schwarzkopf
General Director, MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Fashion Designer and Founder of Tomo Koizumi
of Neri&Hu Design
and Research Office
& UCLA Professor
CEO Piaggio Fast Forward & Greg Lynn FORM
President of Fashion
Creative Director &
Co-Founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim
Founder and Creative Director of Zero + Maria Cornejo
Founder of yehyehyeh
CEO and President of Dacra
Founder and CEO of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Designer and Founder of Shikshya Foundation Nepal
President & Co-Founder of Tompkins Conservation
Director and Co-Founder of Vienna Design Week
Environmental Activist, Artist, Animator, Eco-Designer
Jewelry Historian, Journalist & Author
Conscious Luxury Evangelist, Jaipur Rugs Foundation
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