M21D helps people develop a greater understanding of twenty-first-century design that positively impacts society and the environment. We do so by discovering, studying, and amplifying design that prioritizes community needs, nurtures humans and our surroundings, and reflects the cultures of the people that made it. These designs reside in our digital collections, along with research into their measurable social or environmental impacts. M21D involves as many people as possible in its projects. Through programming, exhibitions, and a digital collection, we foster conversations that investigate design’s role in creating a better future.
Ben Cerveny, Treasurer
For over 25 years Ben has worked as an executive, strategist, and designer in several contexts including media applications, web services, operating systems, digital games, as well as architecture and urban planning. Cerveny is founder of the Foundation for Public Code, an organization dedicated to making civic code (policy or regulation) as well as computer source code (software), work better for citizens. The Foundation pursues this mission by developing, validating, and stewarding open source software, such as digital infrastructure at the scale of the city. Previously, Ben was a Design Fellow at Samsung, he helped design the massively multiplayer game that became Flickr, was a founder at Frogdesign, and CEO of Bloom Studios, whose data visualization iPad app Planetary was acquired by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. Cerveny delivers lectures at institutions worldwide and serves on the faculty at the Strelka Institute in Moscow.
Nienke Binnendijk, Secretary
Nienke initiates and leads efforts to accelerate our progress towards a circular economy. Binnendijk is the Founder and Business Director of BlueCity Lab in Rotterdam. The facilities, the first of their kind in the Netherlands, include wet and dry labs to support pioneers and entrepreneurs (“bioneers”) who are developing bio-fabricated and bio-designed products. Her community-building activities include hosting events, podcasts, workshops, and public presentations. Previously Binnendijk worked with the Recycled Island Foundation, Rotterdam Youth Culture Fund, and Culture Brigade. She holds an MA in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship from Erasmus University.
Vera Sacchetti, Chairperson
Vera is a Basel-based design critic and curator. She serves in a variety of content development and editorial roles, most recently as program coordinator for the multidisciplinary research initiative Driving the Human (2020-2023) and curator of the initial edition of architecture festival Archipelago: Architectures for the Multiverse (2021). She is co-curator of TEOK Basel and the initiative Foreign Legion. Sacchetti was associate curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial: A School of Schools, and curatorial advisor for the BIO 50 Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is also co-founder of the editorial consultancy Superscript. She has written for Disegno, Metropolis, Domus, and The Avery Review, among others. Sacchetti teaches at ETH Zurich and HEAD Geneva, and in 2020 joined the Federal Design Commission of Switzerland.
M21D is a cultural ANBI-Stichting (non-profit foundation) registered in the Netherlands. 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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