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International Design Policy Roundtable meeting in Taiwan

International Design Policy Roundtable meeting in Taiwan

Taiwan Design Centre invited heads of international design organisations to take part in an international design policy roundtable in Taipei on 15-17 January 2020.

President Päivi Tahkokallio represented BEDA in the event. Two BEDA member organisations, PDR represented by Anna Whicher, and Design Council UK, represented by Sian Whyte, were also invited.

Other organisations invited were World Design Organisation WDO, Service Design Network SDN, GK Design Group of Japan, DesignSingapore Council and Policy Lab UK.

The Roundtable Beyond 2020 included presentations of all invited expert organisations and an introduction to the current role of design in developing public sector services in Taiwan, with a focus on public services, industry innovation and social innovation. The hands-on work sessions dealt with measuring value of design and integrating design both to policy-making and corporate strategies. The Forum organised on the 17th January was primarily targeted to public administration in Taiwan, with an audience of some 300 participants.

The host of the event, Taiwan Design Center, founded in 2008, does systematic, professional work in creating value through design for both businesses and public sector organisations. This has also been recognised, as the status of the design center has been upgraded to a research institute. Taiwan Research Design Institute will officially start in February 2020.

BEDA sends its warm congratulations to the new Taiwan Research Design Institute and thanks TRDI for the active role it plays in supporting collaboration between international design organisations.

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