What’s Next – Impact of Design

World Cafe’ style Confluence of 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. It will cover the following:

  1. Impact on Society
  2. Impact on Industry
  3. Designing ‘Education’
  4. Design for Nation Building

The impact on society and impact on industry will be discussed in the world café style format, whereas designing education towards nation building will be discussed through an eminent panel and taken forward on the next day as a smaller group activity of formulating recommendations and the next steps.

World Café Format

The World Cafe format is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue. It is flexible and adapts to many different circumstances. When these guidelines are used in combination, they foster collaborative dialogue, active engagement and constructive possibilities for action.

The opportunity to move between tables, meet new people, actively contribute your thinking, and link the essence of your discoveries to ever-widening circles of thought is one of the distinguishing characteristics of this format. As participants carry key ideas or themes to new tables, they exchange perspectives, greatly enriching the possibility for sharing new insights.

It helps to illuminate how we as people connect, contribute, learn and make meaning together. Colorful pens on the tables and a plentiful supply of blank paper provide the opportunity for participants to write down the key words, phrases, images and symbols that reflect ideas emerging in their conversations.

World Café round table discussions:
– There will be eight conversation tables; each table will have 10 participants including a mentor who is thought leader in design domain.
– Each table will address a different perspective of subtheme.
– Each session will begin with stimulating ideas by thought leader in keynote speech.
– Table conversations will be moderated & lead by a mentor.
– The outcome of the discussion from every table will be shared through crisp presentation.
– Questions or issues that genuinely matter to your life, work or community are engaged while other small groups explore similar questions at nearby tables.
– We encourage both mentors’ members to write, doodle and draw key ideas on their large index cards in the center of the group.