Urban Futures

What if the city will be so attractive that everyone wants to settle there? What if everything will be shared in the city?  What if your mobility in the city will be completely controlled by digital technology? And what if in the city everyone will be policymaker and supervisor? WDF is probing this theme with interviews, future labs and probes. Share and contribute!

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Essential Economy

We open a quest in designing an intelligent economy, which is more able to meet the challenges of our time. We need radical new views to think of solutions for the social challenges of our time.


Ben Terrett on the Government Digital Service Cabinet Office, a new team within Cabinet Office who are reforming the digital strategy of the British Government in small steps from within the system.

Social entrepreneurship

A social entrepreneur works on projects significant for his or her community at the one hand an sustainable in terms of involvement, structure and finance. WDF invites to share good examples in a search for working principles underlying the successes. Examples can come from divers practices as  care, food culture and housing.

  • Emma Barrett presented the Social Innovation Lab Kent. SILK provides a creative environment for a wide range of people to work together on some of the toughest challenges the county faces, drawing upon best practice from business, design and social science.

Future health

What if we all become 150 years or older? How would life look like? And what if all medical data are free available and accessible and we become our home doctors? What would this mean for the health care system; would we still have hospitals or is that something form which our grand children learn out of the history books? WDF is investigating this theme with probes and battles. Share your own!

Design and its impact in business

WDF show cases examples of (game)changers to the current way we work, organize and do business.

  • Daan Kersten, co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries shared how additive manufacturing (3d-printing) puts the designer more in the driving seat of the digital fabrication process and how the unique collaboration in Addlab will remove the barriers towards true social and distributed manufacturing.
  • Geke van Dijk from STBY presented the case ‘Service Innovation for Train Travellers‘ undertaken for Dutch Railways and Prorail, in a process of customer centred exploration, co-creation, prototyping and implementation that has triggered several substantial transformations.

World Design Forum organizes round tables, therefore three directors of European design weeks were brought to the table. With Silke Claus (Münich Creative Business Week), Kari Korkman (Helsinki Design Week) and Jovan Jelovac (Belgrade Design Week) we explore the nature of design in their specific contexts, it’s purposes, effects and the specific developments in their countries. What is and what could be the typical role of designers in innovation and solutions for the social and organizational challenges of today?