Under the heading “Hands on! Sustainability in Practice”, the Design Talk Conference 2021 addressed the central question of how companies can successfully master the many challenges surrounding the topics of sustainability and climate change.

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We are in the midst of a global transformation process toward a sustainable and ecological economy. But how can this goal be translated into concrete solutions and anchored in companies in the long term? Which regulatory aspects need to be considered at EU level, which locally?

In December 2021, experts from various disciplines came together at the Design Talk Conference 2021. In practice-oriented presentations, the speakers offered insights into practical approaches to solutions surrounding the topics of supply chains, circular economy strategies or sustainable design in product development. There, the different perspectives of business, designers and science science were all taken into account.

Participating speakers included Prof. Daniela Bohlinger (Head of Sustainability Design, BMW Group), Jochen Denzinger (Member of the Management Board, iconstorm GmbH), Carsten Waldeck (Founder, Shift GmbH) and Dorian Kronenwerth (Founding Director, Krown Consultance). The conference was moderated by Andrea Gerhard.


“Tomorrow is more important than today.”

— David Kusuma, President-Elect, WDO


Hands on! Sustainability in Practice

Please note: the videos are in German.

Prof. Daniela Bohlinger, BMW Group:
Gamechanger in Sustainability

Jochen Denzinger, iconstorm GmbH: On the role of design in the transformation to a sustainable economy

Carsten Waldeck, Shift GmbH: SHIFT happens – Design for the Creative Industry

Dorian Kronenwerth, Krown Consultance: EU funding: from understanding to value creation

Discover all videos of the talks and Q&A’s of the conference on the YouTube channel of the German Design Council.


“We should no longer design anything that the world and people do not need.”

— Ursula Tischner, founder, econcept


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Die Design Talk Konferenz 2021 „Hands on! Nachhaltigkeit in der Praxis“ wurde gefördert vom Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Wohnen

This event is made possible by the support of the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing.

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