Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation 2012-2014
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 is a creative response to the critical need to drive development and growth against a backdrop of austerity, resource scarcity, growing unemployment and inequality, demographic shifts and new patterns of demand and supply. It can be considered a practice, a tool, an approach or a discipline that aims to create value for society.
As businesses, governments, international organizations and people face a world of increasing complexity, a new way of seeing, understanding and managing complex systems is needed. The Council is focusing on demonstrating the holistic nature of design and innovation and on proposing creative responses to global issues such as education, policy-making, urban development and complexity. These impact areas, intricately connected with the relevant industry and issue Councils, are integrated with the workstreams of the industry and regional centres concerned to deliver value to their communities.
What the Council is doing about it
The Council has initiated a series of dialogues to raise awareness and understanding of the role of design and innovation as a creative response to the salient issues of today. In November 2012, the Council hosted a panel discussion on the role of design and innovation in education. The participants came from academia, think tanks and business. They shared insights on examples of alternative education models – including the emergence of disruptive innovations such as MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) – and discussed the opportunities and challenges of designing educational systems that are more closely aligned with the needs of today. The dialogue series was hosted by Tim Brown, Chief Executive Officer, IDEO, USA. It has served as a successful model for furthering the agenda of the entire network.
“Design and innovation is a creative response to the critical need to drive development and growth.”
With the objective of further exploring how design can help tackle today’s challenges, the Council organised a workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab in July 2013 during the Links 2013 Conference. In August 2013, the Council and invited participants, in conjunction with the INDEX Awards in Copenhagen, explored how design and innovation policies and strategies can be implemented to boost national competitiveness and stimulate sustainable economic growth. The Council also focused on social cohesion and explored how cities can be designed to integrate communities sustainably and resiliently and to enhance the quality of life they offer. This discussion took place in October 2013 in Tokyo, as part of the Innovative City Forum. More information about each of the wrokshops can be found at http://yourdesignthinking.com/
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