Theme: Social Innovation

We proudly present the full WDF report (click here to download). The report includes an introduction by John Thackara, a full review of the seminar, keynotes and discussions, an overview of our media-coverage etc. On this website you will find more media, e.g. a series of pictures, film registration of the keynotes Thackara, Camps and [...]

Agriculture and social innovation

Aeres Group published a report on their participation at World Design ForumPublished 22 november 2012 at De polder in de verboden stad Ooit torende het Philipsembleem hoog boven de binnenstad van Eindhoven. Het logo met de sterren markeerde een watertoren die nu nog bekend staat als het klokgebouw, een plek waar de gloeilampenfabrikant in [...]

WDF in the media

We are looking back at a very succesfull third edition of World Design Forum. An edition full of innovations. Literally and figuratively. We were proud to be the opening event  at the enchanting RoundHouse at the Klokgebouw, Behind the Curtain. A special 360-degree presentation space, in the heart of the Dutch Design Week, a perfect [...]

Belshaw on WDF 2012

"I’ve just spent an extremely enjoyable 36 hours or so in The Netherlands at the World Design Forum. It was held in Eindhoven just before the launch party for Dutch Design Week, to which I was also very kindly invited by John Thackara and Jill Lauret", as to quote Doug Belshaw, one of WDF's key [...]

True social change

The prelude to the Dutch Design Week, the World Design Forum (WDF), was held on Friday 19 October at the iconic Klokgebouw building. The location, a disused factory building from the 1930s, has found a new lease of life as a cultural hotspot. This proved almost symbolic for the themes that kept returning in the [...]


We are proud to announce the full conference agenda of the third World Design Forum. WDF 2012 builds on the success of last year’s event with the theme 'care'. This year we move from micro to macro and look at the creation of local living communities and economies from the ground up. We inquire how [...]