BEDA European Design Forum

Vilnius, Lithuania
June 8, 2017
What could design representation and support look like five years from now and how could be better work towards a shared vision and purpose?


BEDA is the authority for design in Europe. Once a year, we bring those that operate in and around the design industry together to focus on a big issue. In 2017, this one-day forum asks the question: What is the future of design support across Europe?

The design support landscape across Europe is extensive, extending from professional bodies on the one hand, to government funded agencies on the other. Yet the context within which they all operate is changing fast. Organisations that represent the industry are seeing their memberships decline and with that their income. More and more pressure on governments to cut costs has seen the funding to design support agencies and councils decrease dramatically. Where does this leave the design industry and its representation in Europe? What could design representation and support look like five years from now and how could be better work towards a shared vision and purpose?

Areas to be covered during the Forum:
– Making the case for design to government
– Member engagement and growth strategies
– Alternative sources of revenue
– Surviving political changes

More information soon at http://www.beda.org/

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