Akiko Ogawa is an artist, systems thinker and entrepreneur who is applying biomimicry as design principles to reshape and redesign systems which are life-affirming, in support of our natural and ecological world. Her aim is to further understand how technological systems can be interdependent with physical systems without harming it. Her interest in the field of cybernetics and her vision for a more equitable and utopian future is reminiscent of the emerging aesthetics of ‘solarpunk’. She is currently working on SeedShare, an agri-tech start-up focused on democratising plant-breeding, moreover enabling access for farming and food communities to achieve both seed and data sovereignty.
Akiko is part of Hypergoove Collective, a platform co-operative using living systems philosophy to inspire new designs in technology and innovation. She is also a member of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, as an artist of the Design Science Studio, a decade-long programme where scientists and designers collaborate on new ideas. Akiko is also a teaching assistant with a love for education and exploring new pedagogical techniques for learning.