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Global Design Thinking Conference 2021

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

September 2nd, 2021

The Global Design Thinking Alliance is happy to invite you to our second online conference, which will take place on September 2nd, 2021, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (CEST).

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 will become a one-day virtual Policy Innovation Lab with contributions from around the world. We will bring together experts on local and global transformation to showcase and discuss cutting-edge innovations in the public sector.

In keynotes, panels and interactive sessions, we will debate the role of public sector innovation labs, theorize how the public sector can collaborate across institutions, build strategic partnerships with industry, and create spaces that facilitate the application of innovation methodologies. Join us on September 2, 2021 to learn, exchange, develop new concepts and shape an agile, future-oriented public sector.

Preliminary Agenda

Preliminary Agenda

We are happy to announce our first speakers

Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Centre

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

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

Gopal Nadadur, Senior Advisor, Clinton Health Access Initiative

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

Mike Schubert, Mayor, City of Potsdam (Germany)

Maria Stashenko, Director, Design Thinking Center Moscow

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

We will publish more information about speakers and a detailed agenda soon!