Though disliked and dismissed, the worm plays a central role in the health of the urban environment, converting waste into nutrient-rich soil. By educating young New Yorkers about the worm’s profound environmental contributions, this lab aims to change public perception of this little giant.

Date: Saturday May 7, 11-7 PM with a one-hour “how-to” workshop on home composting by the Lower East Side Ecology Center (exact time TBD)
Location: The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City, on the Bowery, tent#99

Download the HugaWormCaseStudy

Julie Lasky contributes to Design Observer, a website about design and visual culture, and is editor of its Change Observer channel devoted to design and social innovation. Prior to that she was editor-in-chief of the magazines I.D. and Interiors and managing editor of Print. A widely published journalist, author and critic, she is an instructor in the MFA Design Criticism program at New York’s School of Visual Arts.

Jennifer Kinon and Bobby Martin, Jr. / Original Champions of Design
OCD co-founder Jennifer Kinon is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Program which she graduated from, and serves as the president of AIGA/NY. Most recently she worked as a designer for Michael Bierut at Pentagram. Prior to joining Pentagram, Kinon was design director of New York City’s 2012 Olympic Bid and art director for Graphis Inc.
OCD co-founder Bobby Martin most recently worked as Senior Design Manager of Visual Communications at Nokia Design in London. Prior to Nokia, he served as design director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, as well as at Ogilvy & Mather’s Brand Innovation Group (BIG). Martin was featured in Fast Company’s Masters of Design 2010.

New York SunWorks,
Laurie Shoeman is the director of the non-for-profit NY Sunworks. An experienced environmental leader with expertise in green building design and construction, urban sustainability, organizational development, and financial planning, Ms. Schoeman recently completed the successful development, design and construction management of the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park -San Francisco’s Only Off-grid Environmental Justice Education Center which was recently awarded the 2011 EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award.



Festival of Ideas for the New City



NY Sun Works

Lower East Side Ecology Center