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Design Days 2016We asked BEDA members about their experience of the 6th edition of EU Design Days, held this September in Brussels.

We asked participants about the highlights of the EU Design Days event for their organisations:
Laure Capitani of Wallonie Bruxelles Design Mode said that she benefited from access to a range of agencies supporting design/innovation, to be able to exchange information, best practice, and points of view; this leads to growth of personal networks.

Insight1 22We report on the second BEDA Insight Forum, held this month in Brussels, which looked at design as a driver for policy innovation and social change.

BEDA held its second Insight Forum on November 10th in the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Miltiadis Kyrkos (S&D). The event aimed to highlight the value to the EU of design thinking and innovation in policy-making.

BEDA Connects to EU Policy LabWe report on the inaugural ‘Lab Connections’ conference hosted by the European Commission this October

Policy Labs are multidisciplinary teams developing public services and policies using innovation methods to engage citizens in the development process. There over a hundred Policy Labs worldwide, and around 65 in Europe.

EDI_LogoEagerly awaited, last week the European Commission published the Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation. Mr Antti Valle officially launched the action plan on Thursday 26th September at ERRIN Design Days 2013 in the Flemish Parliament, in which a number of BEDA members participated. This Commission staff working document is the culmination of significant efforts by BEDA and its members to enhance the strategic value of design within the EU innovation policy agenda. It represents a further step along the road to holistically integrating design into EU policies and funding programmes.

design_for_public_good The Design for Public Good report presents a collection of 12 case studies and a series of tools to enhance the understanding of design for public sector innovation and its use in mainstream practice. The report is a collaborative effort between the Design Council, Design Wales, Danish Design Centre and Aalto University.

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DFGP "Design for Growth and Prosperity", the report by the European Design Leadership Board contains 21 concrete policy recommendations to the European Commission on how we could make better use of design as a driver of growth and a tool for competitiveness.

The European Design Leadership Board was tasked to consider how links between design, innovation and competitiveness could be strengthened. As the European economy continues to face challenges, the report opens up new visions of growth. The Board submitted its report to Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani at the European Design Innovation Summit in Helsinki.

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1b_ED11The European Commission released their keenly-awaited ‘Design for Growth & Prosperity: Report and Recommendations of the European Design Leadership Board’ report click here on 17 September this year, with a strong message in support of BEDA’s work.

BEDA’s President, Deborah Dawton, and Vice-president Isobel Roig both sit on the Leadership Board, which was formed in 2011 with the purpose of providing recommendations on how to enhance the role of design in innovation policy in Europe at the national, regional or local level; it is also developing a joint vision, priorities and actions to enable design to become an integral part of innovation policy at European level, in line with the Innovation Union.

Dutch Creative Industries

Published in Member News
9 July 2012


Federation of Dutch Creative Industries (FDCI) 

Towards the end of 2009, BNO took the initiative to establish the Federation of Dutch Creative Industries: a collaborative framework spanning eight trade and professional associations, representing the entire field of Dutch creative industries. Members of the federation are: architects, interior architects, fashion designers, game designers, photographers, advertisement designers, and full-service Internet agencies. The Federation was established to actively promote the interests of the organised segment of the commercial creative industry.

Through the eight member organisations, the Federation now represents over 6000 individual members and 2500 creative enterprises, which jointly contribute more than €11 billion to the gross national product.The Federation of Dutch Creative Industries is the connecting link between the member representatives of the creative sub-sectors.

The Federation also acts as discussion partner for the government, sectorial organisations and ventures, implementing agencies, educational institutes and the business community, whenever relevant to or required by the sector’s interests.

The creative industry plays a key part in building a sustainable and innovative society in the Netherlands. With its advanced creative industry, educational sector and open society, the Netherlands is well positioned to achieve a solid head start. The Dutch government sets great store by an effectively operating creative industry, and it expects the industry to contribute substantially to the innovative capacity of the Dutch economy. The government has therefore adopted a large number of the Federation’s action points. One of the priorities is to establish a ‘Creative Council’, as an independent advisory body. The Council will not only be tasked with coordinating the agenda for the creative industry but will also provide for a clear and transparent infrastructure.

The Federation advocates creating more room for newer forms of innovation, for example through crowdsourcing and crowd funding, and knowledge development through cooperative frameworks (innovation cooperation). To boost the competitive power of creative companies also requires a greater understanding of the sector itself, which in turn demands further research.

The Dutch creative industry has always been well organised. The establishment of the Federation of Creative Industries takes this a significant step further. Throughout Europe, the organisation of the Dutch creative industry is often held up as an example. The Federation will intensify its contacts with the European Commission in order to better utilise the opportunities available there, and in doing so it counts on the support of the Dutch government.

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