Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation 2012-2014

 

The challenge

The role of design and innovation has never been as relevant and powerful as it is in today’s rapidly changing, interconnected and complex world. Design and innovation are a creative response to the need to drive development and growth in times of austerity, resource scarcity, growing unemployment and inequality, demographic shifts and new patterns of demand and supply. It can beconsidered a practice, a tool, an approach or a discipline that aims to create value for society.

Many recent developments, such as the increased influence of urban life, a shift to a creator economy, and the increase in women entrepreneurs in emerging markets, are transforming the world of design and the potential for the field’s impact.

What the Council is doing about it

After a successful set of four roundtables across the world to raise awareness and understanding of the role of design and innovation as a creative response to the salient issues of today – specifically education, policy-making, urban development and complexity – The Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation will deepen its focus for the remainder of the current term on two key areas:

1.    Urbanization: How can design help solve complex, multi-modal urban problems to improve both the liveability and sustainability of cities?The Council will develop a public design workshop to explore positive-future scenarios,to be held in New York City in early 2014.

2.    Entrepreneurship: How can design help unleash the entrepreneurial potential of non-traditional communities? The Council will explore how to develop a new narrative for entrepreneurship, culminating in an event in a location to be determinedduring the last quarter of 2014.

Design and innovation are a creative response to the need to drive development and growth in times of austerity, resource scarcity, growing unemployment and inequality, demographic shifts and new patterns of demand and supply.

The Council is preparing a summary of lessons learned and patterns that emerged from the 2013 roundtables,to be published on www.yourdesignthinking.com, a social media platform developed by the Council to gain greater input from the public on the issues being explored. It will also engage in preliminary research to determinehow design can help citizens gain a better understanding of the issue of privacy. The Council will continue to help and collaborate with other Global Agenda Councils related to the above-mentioned projects.

To get involved please contact

Research Analyst: James Pennington, Associate, Global Agenda Councils, james.pennington@weforum.org
Council Manager: Nico Daswani, Senior Programme Manager, Arts & Culture, nico.daswani@weforum.org
Forum Lead: Emma Loades, Director, Programme Development Team, emma.loades@weforum.org

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