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Patrick Frick from The Value Web and member of the INDEX: Jury moderated a session organized by the World Economic Forum that explored what design and innovation can do for policy, particularly in stimulating smart growth. There are three understandings of design policy that overlap: making policy to support the design business; using design methods to create public policy; and making policy to spur design (methods) to improve the state of the world. The discussions focused on the latter. The objective was to create a better understanding of the issue and encourage participants to take action in their spheres of influence.
More than 100 participants joined the session. It included a panel discussion with designers and policy-makers as well as interactive break-out groups. The event was hosted by Jens Martin Skibsted, Vice-Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation, and was held in conjunction with the INDEX Award. It was part of a series of interactive sessions led by the Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation to highlight the links between design, innovation and critical global issues. More information on the series can be found at yourdesignthinking.com.
Patrick Frick was quoted by the magazine Grasp summing up the event by coining a phrase he had picked up from the winners of the INDEX: Awards the night before, and made a strong call to action: “We are all ethical hackers! [So] hack the system because it is not working! Go out there – Make it better – And do it today instead of tomorrow!”
More information about the session and some of the articles published about it can be found here:
Session summary, including participant list
How designers can help policy-makers put people first, World Economic Forum blog by David Kester
How Design Policy Can Help the World, article by Grasp
We are all ethical hackers! article by Grasp
Why we need design in policy making, article by Grasp
And here is another video of Patrick Frick talking about the complexity gap at TedX Munich