Airbnb Design — Talks No. 7

Investigate journalist Lara Setrakian's "News from a World You Don't Know" talk

We teamed up with SF Design Week at Pier 27 to explore their “Question Everything” theme with award-winning journalist and CEO of News Deeply Lara Setrakian.

Lara spent five years in the Middle East reporting for television, radio, and online for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune, Business Insider and Monocle magazine. She is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Inc. Magazine called her one of the “8 Women Who Could Own the Future,” while Fast Company named her one of the “Most Creative People in Business.” She’s also won acclaim for her 2017 Ted Talk on ways to fix the broken news industry.

Focus on what is the most important thing to solve, not what is the easiest to build.

So what can design learn from journalism? The impact of bias in design and journalism can have a damaging effect on communities. Whether it’s misinformed public outcry caused by fake news or biased algorithms and exclusive platforms, our personal lenses influence the way we see the world and affect the solutions we design and the stories we share. In her talk, Lara brings to life the human stories we don’t hear in the news and challenges the design industry to invest time in learning more about the communities we create solutions for.

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