Pınar Öncel and Tuna Özçuhadar are cooperation partners from Istanbul / Turkey. They will give us a special view on the scene of sustainable Design in Istanbul. Both are joining the ECO DESIGN FORUM for the whole time and enrich our journey.
Pınar is a designer, a change agent and creative facilitator. She focuses on developing collaborative projects for local initiatives, companies and any organization pursuing resilience and transformation. She designs and facilitates sustainability trainings, co-design processes and capacity building workshops for multi stakeholder groups.
She co-initiated the Sustainable Living Film Festival and Surdurulebiliryasam.tv to raise awareness about sustainability challenges of our time and inspire individuals to become change makers. She is the CEO of Sarıyer Entrepreneur Women Cooperative; which supports women in the region with various projects. Pınar graduated from Industrial Design Department of Middle East Technical University and holds an Msc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Tuna is a systems designer and a strategist for sustainability, focusing on how systemic thinking perspective could shape design & innovation for a better life on this planet. Being aware that creativity is crucial for change, he is focusing on creative design and innovation projects with a systemic approach; using design and creativity as leverage for sustainability.
He co-initiated Sustainable Living Film Festival in 2008 and Surdurulebiliryasam.tv (a web portal for documentaries) recently to raise awareness about the complex systems behind global problems and to find out creative local solutions from all around the world.
Tuna graduated as an industrial designer from Middle East Technical University. He holds an MSc in Environmental Control and Building Technology from Istanbul Technical University and another MSc in Strategic Sustainability Leadership from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Sustainable Living Film Festival
The biggest project of Pınar Öncel and Tuna Özçuhadar is the Sürdürülebilir Yaşam Film Festivali (Sustainable Living Film Festival) which they are organizing together with Gamze Selçuk as the Sürdürülebilir Yaşam Kolektifi (Sustainable Living Collective). They are showing 30 films simultaneously in 20 different cities and districts throughout Turkey as well as hosting speakers, dance and musical performances all for free. this very unique festival will be bringing important issues such as climate change, water, energy, agriculture, transportation and the fashion industry to the forefront while introducing some of the country’s leading pioneers in the sustainability movement.
“Since 2008, we have been organizing the Sürdürülebilir Yaşam Film Festival as a collective with hundreds of volunteers. We first began organizing film showings, discussion meetings, university seminars and workshops. However, since 2011, we have been solely working on organizing a film festival each year,” Tuna says.
Read the full article about the festival, the idea and motivation here: