EDIT is happening for six more days and if you're near enough to Toronto to check it out, I strongly insist that you do.
I think it's extra important, being a Toronto Millennial for me to write about this and how inspired I've been, working as a volunteer for this event. I've been able to see, read, hear, and think about the issues being discussed at this exposition.
To brief you, EDIT has been brought to the city of Toronto for the first time as a ten day long festival focusing on design, innovation and technology. The Design Exchange and the United Nations Development Program has partnered to bring together 50 exhibits, 125 speakers from around the world (David Suzuki, Scott Dadich, Bruce Mao, Kim Herforth-Nielsen to namedrop a few), and 40 interactive workshops. The intention is to explore design, not solely in the aesthetic way we have pretty buildings or sleek cellphones, but also in the way that in can affect our world.
Taking the space of the Unilever Soap factory, that has been six floors, unused until now, it's the epitome of industrial-chic. A motto for EDIT is "no lot is vacant", and this is a terrific example of this. The previously abandoned space is now the temporary home to exhibits, food, drinks, installations, talks, workshops and visitors. An active space of culture and animation. I only hope that this will encourage the space to be used again for creativity, instead of just sitting empty or being knocked down to build a high-rise, because this venue is really, really cool.
EDIT is the exchange of ideas from visionaries who are thinking of creative solutions to global problems of today and tomorrow. This is where we fit in. We are the future and we'll be holding these problems in the palms of our hands. The key is to carry the solution in the pockets of our jackets.
So until October 8th, at 21 Don Roadway, you can still check it out. You can buy tickets (day pass - $15) and see the schedule below.