Design Influences – join the session!

Design Influences online session is held on Zoom on 21st of January 2021 @ 16:00 – 18:00 CET. This session is an opportunity to hear the voices of the 20 plus organizations underpinning the Design Declaration, along with thought leaders and experts, on the influences impacting design and how design can best influence. Register here to join the session.

Three years have passed since the signing of the Design Declaration in Montreal in October 2017 and one and half has passed since people last convened as coalition around the Design Declaration in St. Etienne France in 2019; http://www.designdeclaration.org/.

The Steering Committee of the Declaration where Cumulus is one stakeholders, has since been making efforts to establish projects, as proposed in the Montreal Design Declaration 2017, and has been advancing future Design Declaration Summit meetings at which additional Design Declaration iterations to be be issued with focus on a specific topics. As everything, these efforts have been impacted by the Covid crisis – a crisis that makes the Design Declaration effort evermore relevant and topical.

When talking about the health, well-being, affordability, adaptability, and sustainability of the places where we live, work, and play, the design matters. The influence of design matters a lot. It spans across the design gamut, both in time and scale. Ranging from designing, planning, engineering and infrastructure, business, industry, cityscapes, landscapes, harbourscapes to designing and constructing buildings and places, to spaces and objects, to configuring service design and interaction design, all the way down to rendering the way we read and live in our environment.

Design matters because:

  • it is important to be conscious of the influences, influences and influencers effecting design and empowering design as a means for fostering greater quality of life. This is the focus of Design Influences on the 21st January 2021
  • it is important to be impactful as possible – and to rally as a collective voice – the collective voice of design – which is the intent of the Design Declaration

Cumulus is involved and engaged in Design Influences and the Design Declaration, because education and research are humankind’s greatest collective to impact. This takes place by the cross-sectorial collaboration and transversal thinking.

Design Influences is a 2 hour on-line convening of voices hosted by IFHP on what is top of mind amongst leading organizations working within the field of design or with design matters, where

Cumulus will be also offering perspectives on design critical to the success of the planet. Design Influences is profiling the voices rallying around the Design Declaration. Without desing education and research there is the output design-0.

This seminal session of Design Influences is being orchestrated as a three part discourse on:

  • Design Influences – what are the most significant influences on design – a sampling of what are current urgencies, agendas, trends around the world impacting the way we make, create, educate and work with design
  • Design Influencing – how design is currently influencing the world around us – perspectives on how design can make a difference, and how we can demonstrate that design matters – because we measure what matters
  • Design Influencers – who are at the crux of design – who are the changemakers, who are the forces instrumental in advancing the role of and responsibilities of design – aka people for design

Design Influences is featuring voices from line-up of organizations: ASF-INT, BEDA, CAP, Cumulus, DDC, DEFSA, EMF, GPN, INDEX, IxDA, ICoD, IFHP, MEDEA, SDN, WUC who are concerned with environmental, economic, social, cultural sustainability of our cities and societies and who represent thinkers, practice, policy, activism, design leadership influential to influenced by design and who have a say on the metrics; education & research; policy crucial to leveraging design for all.

This line-up includes Cumulus with our immediate network of partners and peers also in the advancement of sustainability as of Kyoto Design Declaration and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

To address Design Influencing we are pleased to highlight our second set of voices being featured on 21 Jan 21

Marianna Amatullo, Cumulus

Jessie Grimes, SDN

Mariano Alessandro, INDEX

Simon Widmer, EMF

Morten Nielsen, IFHP

together with

David Grossman, ICoD

Päivi Tahkokallio, BEDA

who will be addressing and framing a discussion on how design is currently influencing the world around us – perspectives on how design can make a difference, and how we can demonstrate that design matters – because we measure what matters.

Design Influences is an initiative by the Design Declaration Steering Committee, consisting of: BEDA, Cumulus, IxDA, ICoD, IFHP, WUC

Design Influences is the first of what hopefully can become a series of virtual fora advancing the collective voice and influence of design in a real world of complex challenges.

Let 2021 be an auspicious year for design serving to benefit the health and well-being of cities, citizens, communities and peoples everywhere.

Check out the Event website where the third set of voices on Design Influencers to be revealed next week.

Register here to join the session.

Any questions concerning Design Influences contact designinfluences@designdeclaration.org

Design Influences is co-chaired by Regitze Hess and

Alok b. Nandi as an initiative on the part of the Design Declaration Steering Committee, consisting of the Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA), Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus), the International Council of Design (ICoD), the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP), the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), the World Urban Campaign (WUC). Design Declaration Steering Committee activities are supported by representatives from member organizations – Eija Salmi (Cumulus), Regitze Hess (IFHP) and Brenda Sanderson (IxDA).

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