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Emergent Design. What Does It Mean?

Have you ever wondered about how to design water´s future? We just finished a session in Copenhagen for the INDEX: | AIGA ASPEN DESIGN CHALLENGE about exactly this. It is a challenge for design students to come up with solutions based on creative and original design thinking to raise awareness of the emerging global water crisis—and to do so in ways that inspire people to act. More than 450 students from 115 universities in 27 countries handed in their projects out of which 6 finalists were selected. In order to prepare for the Copenhagen workshop, experts like Brian Collins and Chris Luebkeman coached those finalists on storytelling and business plan writing during a session in Aspen in June. Now they participated in a 2-day workshop facilitated by the Value Web connecting with businesses, social investors and knowledge experts in order to select the final winner.

Among the group of participants were Lise Vejse Klint, Director of Program and Events from INDEX:, Ric Grefé, CEO of AIGA, Jens Ditlev Lauritzen from the JL-Foundation and other social investors, business representatives from Carlsberg, Grundfos, Cowi and Damixa, Carl Ganter from Circle of Blue and several representatives from the Unicef Supply Division where the event was hosted.

After an intense two days the jury selected Jo Szczepanska of Monash University, Australia with her Veggie Patch project as the winning project. During a press conference, the Danish Minister for the Environment Troels Lund Poulsen, handed over the price. Unicef acknowledged its continuous support to help the projects with its water expertise.

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