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Helle Martens

Helle Martens

Freelance Senior UX Researcher; Conference Designer

About Helle

Helle is very passionate about the importance of User Experience (UX), and has been promoting the field for over 20 years. She often finds herself as a communications catalyst, either between different departments in a company, or putting people together.

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Besides her work as an independent UX consultant, Helle has created several UX, design, and behavioral design conferences in Copenhagen Denmark, among others, UX Copenhagen. UX Copenhagen is an annual event that connects more than 200 people from all over the world each year in March.

About the Event

"Degrowth and Consumerism: It all starts with us, but what can we as designers do?"

The topic for my tenth annual UX Copenhagen conference is "Degrowth and consumerism" - or should I say anti-consumerism?

For far too long, we have been living in a world that applauds and encourages continuous growth, expansion, selling, and manipulation. It’s a world of over production and over consumption, but we’re running out of resources. Business as usual will not cut it anymore.

As last year’s closing keynote, Angelos Arnis put it “There is no planet B.”

At the conference on March 20-21, 2024, we’ll be discussing climate change, consumerism, and waste. We’ll talk about degrowth, and about unlearning decades of harmful production, development and processes. We’ll have talks about how consumerism will need to change in order for the planet to survive. We’ll show some practical examples of work we have already done, and open the discussion about what we as designers can do to make sustainable changes for the better and create fundamental, systemic change.

I'm looking forward to opening the discussion with the Randstad community, and hearing your thoughts and perspectives about these subjects!

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