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Founded in 1969, the Brussels-based Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA) is a non-profit association with over 50 members from 28 European countries. Members include publicly funded design organizations as well as professional and trade associations that promote groundbreaking design at the national or regional level. During the 3daysofdesign, held June 7-9 in Copenhagen, the BEDA Design Forum 2023 will take place there. The theme on June 8 at the Danish Design Center (at BLOXhub, a center for design, architecture and urban innovation in Copenhagen) is “The Future Design Sector.”

According to BEDA, when it comes to making sense of the world and adding value, designers have always been at the forefront. As such, they also share responsibility for all the challenges posed by enormous consumption and the pursuit of economic growth, with too little attention paid to the long-term negative effects. At the same time, he said, the design sector is also part of the solution when it comes to designing in a more sustainable, regenerative, equitable and livable way. “To meet this commitment,” the announcement states, “we, the design sector, must ensure that we continue to have the right skills and therefore a seat at the table.”

Presentations will identify the critical design (leadership) capabilities of the design sector. Christian Bason, CEO of the Danish Design Center, Lisa Lang, Director Policy & EU Affairs Orchestrator of the EIT Climate KIC, and Oskar Stokholm Østergaard, Design & Future Lead of the Danish Design Center, among others, will provide insights and discuss – interspersed with short reflection exercises – perspectives of a future design sector. In a workshop, the question “What kind of designers do we need in the future?” will be discussed.

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