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‘Changing The World By Design’ is a new global competition challenging young designers to change the world was launched at the University of Dundee.

The competition was announced on 11th April 2019 at the 13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design (EAD), which was hosted by the University of Dundee and co-chaired with Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University. The EAD is collaborating with Design Indaba to set the challenge to design research teams around the world to creatively engage with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The 2019 theme ‘Dundeed’ is a play on words combining the City of Dundee and the act of doing a good deed.

EAD and Design Indaba will award £5,000 to a group submission that proposes ambitiously creative ways of addressing the challenges.

This new initiative marks the first of what is intended to be an ongoing collaboration between Design Indaba, the largest design conference in the world with a programme of over 1,100 exhibitions this year, and EAD, one of the leading international platforms for design research. The challenge is supported by investment from entrepreneurial platform Elevator Dundee, Centre of Entrepreneurship

Professor Louise Valentine, President of EAD and Chair of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, said, “Legacy is at the heart of this superb new partnership project because the world that our children and their children inherit from us will be very different from today.

“Our legacy can be one of waste, destruction, and inequality or we can change our collective thinking and actively make a better future. For this reason, EAD and Design Indaba are working together to promote local actions that have global consequences.”

The announcement was made by Ravi Naidoo, founder of Design Indaba, during his keynote speech at the EAD conference. The internationally renowned entrepreneur, commercial activist and design educator, said, “If we are to find new solutions to the development goals set out by the United Nations, we need to put design and design thinking processes at the centre and tap into our collective creative conscious to resolve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The submission process will be articulated on the websites of EAD and Design Indaba and shared widely through social media via @ead2019Dundee and @designindaba.

The University of Dundee was last week placed 20th in the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, which measure the global higher education sector’s success in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.

EAD2019 DUNDEE Postscript
Running With Scissors

In April 2019 we held one of the world’s most influential design conferences in one of the world’s most interesting design cities. 
‘Running with Scissors’ might imply recklessness, however, it can also suggest putting aside conventional wisdom, inevitably taking risks.
So here you can read up on our radical conference theme, our beautiful venue, our 8 timely and fascinating tracks, and all the ways the community got involved. 

To all our participants, thank you for being there!

The EAD2019 Team

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind
of thinking we used when we created them.”
Albert Einstein