DESIGN 21 - VI: SOCIAL DESIGN NETWORK
Paris (France) - Over the past five editions, nearly 5000 young
designers representing 5 continents have participated to DESIGN 21 and
159 of them have already been awarded prizes and exhibited around the
world. Aiming at encouraging a spirit of understanding and sharing of
ideas and values among young creators from different cultures, the
competition has grown steadily to include all designs in all aspects of
people's lives in line with the international community s growing
awareness for global issues.
Thus for the 6 edition, UNESCO and Felissimo have decided to set-up the Social Design Network, an online platform where young designers can explore the relationship between design and society, address social and global concerns and find solutions through good design. The main objective is to show why design matters and how it can contribute to the betterment of the planet and the well-being of its inhabitants.
DESIGN 21: Social Design Network is an online community, open to anyone around the globe (basic membership is free) where designers, socially-conscious individuals, governments, businesses and non-profit organizations (NPOs) can connect to share resources, inspire each other, take action, explore and address contemporary social, cultural and environmental concerns.
"Design It" is one of the key areas of the network where an ongoing series of contests will be held. Using a variety of media and scales, designers will be asked to reflect on global issues such as climate change, emergency relief and water scarcity and provide solutions to improve the quality of life of people around the world. "Heated Issues", "Child s Play" and "Shelter Me" are already open to competition and the deadline has been set for 17 June 2007. Selection will be on-line and processed by a jury panel composed of influential figures who have made significant contributions to global causes, and opinion leaders in the fields of design, education, business, media and public affairs who will form part of an advisory board. Celebrities and community members will also play a significant role in the selection process.
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