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December 8, 2021
Global Design Thinking Conference 2021

Global Design Thinking Conference: Policy Innovation Lab – from local to global

On September 2nd, 2021, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (CEST), the HPI School of Design Thinking and the Global Design Thinking Alliance hosted the virtual Global Design Thinking Conference 2021. Together with 800 participants from 68 countries and 28 speakers we discussed how public administration can become more digital, human-centered and innovative.

In a world that is being reshaped by digital transformation, societies are becoming increasingly complex and fast-paced at the local, national and global levels. In this context, public institutions are facing increasing pressure from citizens to provide relevant information and services in a more efficient, user-friendly, and cost-effective manner.

To keep up with these developments, the public sector needs to accelerate and streamline administrative processes, work more effectively, and expedite decision-making. But how does the digitization of administrative processes make governments more innovative and human-centered?

To discuss this and related questions, this year’s Global Design Thinking Conference became a one-day virtual Policy Innovation Lab with contributions from around the world. We brought together experts on local and global transformation to showcase and discuss cutting-edge innovations in the public sector.

In keynotes and panels, we discussed the role of public sector innovation labs, theorized how the public sector can collaborate across institutions, build strategic partnerships with industry, and create spaces that facilitate the application of innovation methodologies.

Video Gallery of Keynotes and Presentations

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Welcome and Opening

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Keynote "Digital Social Innovation" by Audrey Tang

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | The Intersection of Policy and Design-Led Innovation

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Practical Lessons for Using Design in Government

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Embedding an innovation culture in government

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | The ASPECTS of autism friendly design by Magda Mostafa

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021| Establishing a Data Science unit in a local government

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Designing for systemic change by Christian Bason

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Presentation by Julia Borggräfe

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Moscow: City as a service by Evgeny Kozlov

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Digital cooperation and diplomacy by Mei Lin Fung

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021| Using Design Thinking to Create NYC’s Tech Strategy

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Community Driven Innovation by Oscar Romero

DE Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Designing with Canadian Children and Youth by Brock Hart

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Learning from end-users of products by Gopal Nadadur

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Panel Discussion: Insights from North America

Global Design thinking Conference 2021 | Innovation in Jalisco

Global Design Thinking Conference 2021 | Innovation at IDEA Guanajuato by Antonio Reus

DE Global Design thinking Conference 2021 | Presentation by Suellen Carvalho

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Graphic Recordings by Stephan Lomp and Mathias Suess

You can also find an overview of all graphic recordings on our conference Miro board!

Keynote Speakers

Christian Bason

Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Centre

Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan

Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung, Chair and Co-Founder, People-Centered Internet

Further speakers

Yasir Ahmed, Chief Director, Government Motor Transport, Transport and Public Works, Western Cape Government

Sabrina Artinger, Head of Citizen-Centred-Government at German Federal Chancellery

Karen Bhatia, Senior Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Julia Borggräfe

Julia Borggräfe, Director, Denkfabrik Digitale Arbeitsgesellschaft (think thank digital working society), Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Germany

Celina Gunkelmann, Program Lead, Work4Germany, DigitalService4Germany

Brock Hart, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Overlap Associates

Evgeny Kozlov, Vice Department Director, Mayoral Office and Moscow Government

Agnes Kwek, Editorial Board Member, Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, and former Design Ambassador for Singapore

Sonya Mathew

Sonya Mathew, Innovation Fellow, Ministry of Justice & Consumer Protection, DigitalService4Germany

Judy Matthews, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology Business School

Arianne Miller

Arianne Miller, Managing Director The Lab, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Magda Mostafa

Magda Mostafa, Associate Professor of Design, American University in Cairo

Gopal Nadadur

Gopal Nadadur, Senior Advisor, Clinton Health Access Initiative

Richard Perez, Founding Director, Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town

Antonio Reus, Chief of Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship, Institute for Guanajuato State, Mexico

Teresa Quintanilla Rodríguez, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Secretariat of Innovation, Science and Technology, Jalisco State, Mexico

Oscar Romero, Director of Inclusive Innovation & International Cooperation, NYC Mayor’s Office of the CTO

Maria Stashenko, Director, Design Thinking Center Moscow

Delyno du Toit

Delyno du Toit, Manager Organisational Performance Management, Corporate Services, City of Cape Town

Uli Weinberg, Director at HPI School of Design Thinking, President of the GDTA

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