With ‘Innovation Union’ at the heart of the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, design has been highlighted as a means to achieve ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’ in Europe. This is part of a growing trend around the world where design is climbing up the policy agenda as reported in SEE bulletin issue 5.
The research article is from our Finnish partner – the Global Design Watch 2010 reveals how design is more in evidence in policy and programmes across the globe. We also present special reports on how design is part of China’s drive to become an innovative economy as well as how the SEE project has been examining ‘next’ practice in design support programmes in Estonia. Our case studies highlight the Polish business support programme ‘Design Your Profit’ and the Scottish ‘Centre for Design and Innovation’. We also provide an update on EU design-related policy developments.
The SEE bulletin is the only publication entirely dedicated to exploring matters related to design policies and programmes for design support. It is published by Design Wales, lead partner of the SEE project and is distributed to over 60 countries.
SEE is a network of 11 European partners exploring how to integrate design into regional and national innovation policies. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVC programme. An electronic copy of the bulletin is available to download from the SEE website: www.seeproject.org/publications.
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to the SEE project’s final conference to take place on 29 March 2011 in the Flemish Parliament, Brussels. For more information and to register for this free event visit: www.belgiandesignforum.be