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Design in the Circular Economy

Published in Position Papers
17 September 2015

BEDA BookJacketBEDA Position paper: Design and the Circular Economy
The European Union have revised the Circular Economy package; through this latest Position paper and related actions, BEDA can strengthen its position as the design authority at European Commission level.

BEDA has prepared a Position paper on Design and the Circular Economy, led by BCD (Barcelona Centre de Disseny). This paper falls within the revision of the Circular Economy package by the European Commission; it offers a great opportunity for BEDA to strengthen its role as design authority at European level by making relevant recommendations to the EC.

BEDA BookJacketIn the positioning paper, BEDA offers some proposals with the aim of supporting opportunity, enterprise and innovation in EU design IPR.

These include a respectful approach to intellectual property rights; the introduction of a uniform copyright law and copyright contract law within the legal structures of the Member States, thus ensuring fair remuneration and a stronger bargaining position for designers with regard to their intellectual property rights; informing and educating the general public - and more specifically commissioners and publishers - on the meaning and value of intellectual property and intellectual property rights; informing and educating designers on their bargaining position; starting a dialogue among stakeholders on fairer contracts and exchange of best practices; and starting a lobby to legally ensure the attribution of copy - and design rights for works made in commission to the designers.

BEDA BookJacketBEDA Vision on the Design Profession
Through its positioning papers, BEDA offers guidance to members in addressing changing demands on individual design practitioners, design firms and the design industry at large. Issues might include legislation and policy issues, competences and codes of professional conduct, business modelling and other management issues, and the need for continuous professional development.

BEDA’s Professional Working Group has now produced a paper stating its vision on the design profession; the accompanying dossier has been researched and written by design management professional Steinar Valade-Amland of Three Point Zero.

The BEDA Professional Design Practice Dossier attempts to draw the most precise picture of current issues relating to professional design practice in Europe and globally.

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