Following up on the conclusions at the last GA, BEDA has submitted, for the first time ever, a proposal to a European Commission Call for developing the European Design Innovation Platform.
The BEDA Office received expressions of interest from 30% of its members (13) to take part in the Consortium. We understand this huge interest in supporting the action as confirmation that the BEDA Board is on the right track; we reconfirm a commitment to again involve all our members in further actions that would follow either as a result of the input of BEDA WGs or potential approval of the proposal, in which case we will discuss a plan of work and the support of members at the next General Assembly.
As project lead, BEDA will be supported by the European Regional Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA), the European Association of National Innovation Agencies (TAFTIE), the European Business and Innovation Centres Network (EBN), Business Europe (BE), Technology Innovation International (TII), BOZAR and the Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region, together with BEDA members Barcelona Design Centre, Design Austria, Design Business Association, Design Flanders, Design Wales, German Design Council and Swedish Industrial Design Foundation.
Should the partnership be selected, BEDA will employ the necessary resources to reinforce its position in Brussels, strengthen the role of design in EU policies and funding programmes and consequently open new possibilities for the membership in terms of the European exposure and access to funding. The proposals aim at: bringing together the most powerful and far-reaching networks that have made a commitment to working together on increasing awareness of design-driven innovation among policy-makers at multi-levels of governance; circulating good practices in user-centred innovation; enhancing the capacity to deliver services for SMEs for design-driven innovation; ensuring collaboration between companies investing in design; increasing the use of design in renewing public administration and services, and maintaining an inclusive and continuous dialogue with stakeholders including the European Commission, enterprise networks, government networks and funding programmes.
This partnership opens the door for cooperation with other relevant non-design stakeholders at European level for carrying out new initiatives in line with BEDA objectives. In this sense, we have foreseen the first common event with ERRIN related to the next European Design Days 2013 event in September in Brussels. ERRIN and BEDA have agreed to open an opportunity for all BEDA members to take part by including a joint workshop in the agenda.