What’s next – Impact of Design

World cafe’ style confluence comprising of all stakeholders such as global design educators, industry, government bodies, international design fraternity, thought leaders & budding professionals.


In today’s day & age, technology has accelerated cultural complexity leading to multifarious challenges across the world. VUCA, short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, and a catchall for “Hey, it’s crazy out there! has become the catch word to describe the present day economy. In this complex, dynamic and interconnected ecosystem, problems are socially, economically and ecologically interdependent thereby forcing people to think collaboratively. There has also been a paradigm shift in human values from coherence to responsiveness, from simplicity to embracing complexity coupled with this is the challenges faced by all to engage with the next generation of the digital natives- generation Z. They are adept at embracing change and are setting the trends to lead the change as innovators, designers and leaders of the future. This challenges the status quo of education systems, careers, relations, markets, consumers and governing bodies.

Design is transforming the business, re-shaping management thinking, and fostering social innovation by questioning the ‘Why’ of a problem. Design with its human centered approach is increasingly defining the ‘creative problem solving techniques.’ Therefore the value created by design is being equated to measuring the impact other approaches has on addressing the real life problems. Today the impact of design is visible on issues ranging from health and wellness segment, to the future of urban farming or designing smarter mobility and many more. This builds our confidence that if we get to the core of any issue (social/ commercial/ any other) we can inspire positive change and transform the world, however difficult the challenge may be.

If over the years design has proven its worth in more ways than one, then would Design have the capability to lead the change as it can conflate across all disciplines? Can design positively impact the world of tomorrow and its problems?” Would the role of the designer be that of a connectivist, who establishes and fosters links between different disciplines?

This two-day confluence aims at stimulating and inspiring participants to foster innovation and creativity, seek attention of cost-conscious and environmentally-aware consumers, discuss, debate and articulate the impact design will have in building our nation for the future.

A round table confluence conducted using the World Cafe format is a great way to sensitize and inform a group of people about several of these sweeping changes and get them to meet colleagues and share insights that can create a solid impact going forward.

Who should attend?

Regulators, Media, Students and Parents, Academics, Industry, Thought Leaders in Design, Design Educators, Design Practitioners, Design Researchers and more

Call for Ideas & Student Projects

Are you a designer? A design teacher? A design student? A social entrepreneur? An activist? Do you have the next “big idea” that will impact society and industry? We have a competition for you. In fact, we have two – one for design professionals and academics, and one for design students. Enter one of the competitions and win a chance to pitch your idea at the What’s Next confluence in 2017 and be part of a movement for change. Click Here to Read More..