Organized by The Wolfsonian–FIU in partnership with WLRN and The Miami Herald Media Company, March 20–23. (Read More)
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Power of Design 2014: Complaints

Why do we complain? Our take? There’s method, purpose, meaning to our gripes. Complaints can get us from here to there, dissatisfaction to action, action to innovation.
Consider The Wolfsonian’s collection of art and design. Take away complaints and what’s left? We're considering not only expressions of complaint, but constructive responses. When you look at the big picture—and we are—our objects often represent solutions. Would we have the Arts and Crafts movement without dissatisfaction with industrialization? Political reform without protest? Advances in transportation, urban planning, architecture without discontent? Furniture design, industrial design—any design—without discomfort, whether physical, functional, or aesthetic?

For Power of Design we’re gathering change-makers, thought leaders, visionaries—and, yes, interesting complainers. We’re putting all of them, presenters and participants, together for a multi-day, multidisciplinary event brimming with provocative discussions, presentations, performances, exhibitions, and more. For those unable to attend, videos of sessions will be posted on this website.

Power of Design is conceived, curated, and presented by The Wolfsonian, in partnership with WLRN and The Miami Herald Media Company.

The Wolfsonian FIU

The Wolfsonian–FIU is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The institution has received wide recognition for its unrivaled collection of modern material culture from the period 1885 to 1945 and its multidisciplinary approach to looking at objects as both agents and expressions of change.


WLRN 91.3 FM, South Florida’s only NPR news station, is licensed to the School Board of Miami-Dade County, and provides news and information to a weekly audience of more than 500,000 from Palm Beach to Key West. WLRN’s news team has earned more than 150 local, state, and national awards. Since 2003, WLRN and the Miami Herald have been news partners, sharing a single newsroom, the only such arrangement in the country. WLRN 91.3 FM offers one of the country's largest Radio Reading Services for the visually impaired.

The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes two daily newspapers: the Miami Herald, winner of twenty Pulitzer Prizes, and El Nuevo Herald, an award-winning Spanish-language publication. Together, the newspapers are read by more than 1.5 million people each week, in print and online at and MHMC products include the websites and The company produces content across all media, including video, mobile, and radio on WLRN/Herald News, as well as more than 110 custom publications for hotels, airlines, and other clients through its subsidiary, HCP/Aboard Publishing. It is a subsidiary of The McClatchy Company.


Power of Design 2014 is conceived, curated, and presented by The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, in partnership with WLRN and The Miami Herald Media Company. We thank our sponsors, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, an anonymous donor, Northern Trust, and Terra Group and its president and CEO, David Martin. Generous collaborative support is provided by our partners, Intelligence Squared (London); FIU School of Architecture; FIU School of Music; FIU Honors College; Centro Cultural Español; and Miami Beach Cinematheque. Fontainebleau Miami Beach is our official hotel (a fitting choice, as people complained bitterly when it was built). Prophets of the Digital Age hosting provided by Pérez Art Museum Miami.
The Knight Foundation


Northern Trust Terra Group Fontainebleau


Local Media Inquiries
Daniella Valencia

National Media Inquiries
Sandra Hurtado

Wolfsonian Media Inquiries
Laila Pedro


Please join us for this rare opportunity to learn from and interact with some of our most innovative and accomplished thinkers and doers. Power of Design is more think tank than conference, more participatory than passive—we expect you, our audience, to contribute to the ongoing discussion. The weekend pass entitles you to attend all ticketed events and more: Friday night's keynote, curatorial presentations, and a private dinner; Saturday's moderated discussions, presentations, and activities, plus meals and a reserved seat at the evening forum. The opening reception on Thursday, the moderated discussion on Sunday, and all satellite events are open to the public. The Power of Design weekend pass is $1,000. For more information or to purchase: 305.535.2656 or


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