Sunday, April 20, 2014

IFI Regional Design Symposium, New York

MC and Workshop Facilitator, IFI Regional Design Symposium, New York

I have been collaborating with IFI President Sashi Caan in shaping the latest IFI Regional Design Symposium 'Design + Economy = Our Future'. Taking place in New York, the symposium will address the complex issue of design policy in the US through the lens of the City and State of New York.

Over a day and a half, on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd April, a multi-disciplinary audience of some 80 experts will come together at the Steelcase WorkLife Center at Columbus Circle in New York to focus their thinking upon the potential advantages of design policy as a strategic tool to raise awareness and create change for good through design in the private and public sectors at the level of the city, State and Region.

I have the good fortune to be MCing the event and facilitating the workshop sessions that will form a significant part of the symposium. Two expert panels will raise many key issues around the concept of design policy and what that might mean in the US. A conversation between Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine and Barbara Lampen, representing the Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York State, will provide valuable insight on the Tuesday evening.

By the end of the Symposium, a consensual statement on design policy will have been created. The intention is for this to encapsulate a shared understanding as a basis for further action.

More information here.