The Global Design Forum - London 18th September 2012

One day to set the global agenda for design

by Malcolm Clark
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The Global design forum, to be held at Central Saint Martins college of art and design, in the area of Kings Cross in London on 19th September 2012, is a new one-day event that brings together a star-alliance of design luminaries, organisations and talents to debate the issues and pressure points that are really affecting the design industry.

Here is a small selection of the questions which will be raised:

- Here is a small selection of the questions which will be raised:

- Are the creative industries inherently risky or the key to our future growth?

- How can designers draw our path out of recession?

- How is the business of design changing around the world?

- Shouldn’t design be rooted at the centre of problem-solving activities?

- Where does the digital revolution leave your business?

- What are the real innovations shaping the design industry?

- How do you convince people to have what they don’t yet know they want?

- How can design be best used to secure a competitive advantage?

- Why is it important to play and dream?

The aim of this inaugural forum, curated and delivered by the London Design Festival, is to collectively set the global design agenda and inspire positive new directions for the sector. The setting is appropriately the spectacular Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross, London, part of ual (the University of the Arts London) – itself a seed camp of future design talent.

The Global Design Forum will provide a creative platform for presenting and debating important and controversial ideas, both on and off the stage. The Forum will turn the tables on traditional one-way conference models by giving individual delegates the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to the discussions. These ideas will be gathered from the speakers and delegates in order to formulate mini manifestos that will inform the themes of future Global Design Forum events.

The leading local and international speakers have been specifically chosen from a variety of backgrounds, from start-up entrepreneurs to established corporate leaders, from key public sector figures to cultural pacesetters. They have been specifically briefed to challenge conventions and propose pioneering ideas as the world moves through a particularly challenging period.

Sessions throughout the day will take the format of keynote addresses, panel discussions and case study presentations, all with opportunities for delegates to participate and feedback their thoughts and ideas.

Speakers include London 2012 architects Dame Zaha Hadid and Thomas Heatherwick, industrial designer Yves Béhar, design luminary Morag Myerscough as well as journalists, directors of design schools and CEOs of design companies like Kvadrat and Artek.

Archiproducts and Archilovers are media partners and sponsors of this event within the London Design Festival 2012.