About M21D

M21D exists to help people—wherever they are—develop a greater understanding of twenty-first century design that impacts society and the environment in positive ways. We do so by discovering, studying, and amplifying design that prioritizes community needs, nurtures humans and our surroundings, and reflects the cultures that made it. These designs reside in our digital collections, along with research into their measurable social or environmental impact, such as carbon footprint and wages of people working on production lines.


M21D involves as many people as possible into the process. Through programming, exhibitions, and a digital collection, we foster conversations that look to design’s role in creating a better future.

Meet the Team

William Myers, Organizer

William is an Amsterdam-based curator, writer, and teacher with more than 20 years experience in the cultural sector. He is the author of Biodesign (MoMA, 2018) and Bioart (Thames & Hudson, 2015) and organizer of 14 exhibitions on a range of topics, from the uses and meaning of biotechnology to the impacts of artificial intelligence on society. He has lectured at various education institutions worldwide and previously worked for MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, MIT Museum, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Science Galleries in Dublin and Rotterdam, among others. Read his full profile.

Georgina McDowall, 

Head of Operations

Georgina is a researcher working at the intersection of culture and sustainability. She holds a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Amsterdam, where she specialized in the role that culture can play in the climate emergency. Since graduating she has presented on this topic at conferences in the Czech Republic and Norway, and worked on art-science projects at Artis Library, Amsterdam and Museum of the Mind, London.

Kiersten Thamm,

Communications Lead

Kiersten is a Berlin-based art historian and communications professional. When she’s not writing about the politics of twentieth-century industrial materials and manufacturing, she’s helping to connect individuals and communities. She’s spoken across the US and Europe on interwar French design politics and held positions at the Berlinische Galerie, National Building Museum, and the Elmhurst Art Museum. 

Learn more about Kiersten, read her publications, and send her a note.

M21D is an official Stichting (Foundation) registered in the Netherlands with an application under review for ANBI-status. The management board consists of: Vera Sacchetti (Chair), Nienke Binnendijk (Secretary) and Ben Cerveny (Treasurer). The board members receive no remuneration of any kind for their activities.

The Foundation's Chamber of Commerce (KvK) number is 82347948. The tax number (RSIN-number) is 8624.28.531.Read the M21D policy plan.

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