What Design Can Do

What Design Can Do (WDCD) was initiated in 2011 as a platform to showcase design as a catalyst of change and as a way of addressing the societal questions of our time. The story is told through an annual conference in Amsterdam and additional conferences in other parts of the world.

In May this year the WDCD Cimate Challenge was launched, an international design competition asking for game-changing ideas for a better world. The challenge was launched during a three day event in Muziekgebouw Het IJ and I was asked to help organize an workshop/discussion/talk on Design & Activism together with Emilie Tromp from Reframing Studio.

Finally we designed a 1,5 hour discussion/presentation where we invited Tijmen Schep from SETUP, Tijmen Swaalf from Bits of Freedom, Joris Thijssen from Greenpeace NL to join the panel discussion about activism, future of actions and online actions. The audience recieved a small booklet which they could use to join the discussion by using the pink & green side to vote on the propositions that where made.

I also gave a short presentation on Design & Activism, about my own work as an Designer/Activist & other inspiring projects.

Inside the booklet there was information on how to setup your own action/campaign on game-changing subjects.