In Kolding – a city of Southern Denmark the vision is clear: “We design for life!”
That is a quite unique and promising ambition, cause it places the need of its citizens at the core of the organisations mission. Thats what design is all about. And the next initiative, is to make a Living Design Lab.
I have googled similar cases and found this: The people’s Design Lab
What is interesting in making Design Lab’s is the setting for categorising and working around real needs, for different citizens. Denmark is wellknown for its implementation of design methods and design thinking in the public sector. Last week I participated in a conversation as part of Design Research Society’s conference in Brighton, UK – and here the talk about social design as a democratic approach, is fascinating, although its not new, as it is rooted in Scandinavian design practices, since the 1970s. An american attendant said that the implementation of such methodology in an American public organisation would never work! Instead the talk circled MindLab, a public institution in Copenhagen that works with cross-organisational innovation – involving citizens and businesses in creating new solutions for society.
At the 1st of September the new initiate Living Design Lab starts off with inviting SME’s, that have mock-up ideas, to collaborate with other partners – to build/create/design new solutions to be tested in the Municipalities Billund, Haderslev and Kolding, in the public welfare sector e.g. nursing homes, public schools etc. A part of the idea with the Design Living Lab – is to establish these collaborations, between different companies – to be driven by design thinking methods. Actually 1.100.000 DKK is localised for implementing design consultant efforts in each project!
An initiative I found very necessary and will follow very close. If anyone is interested in the project – please contact Head of Design, Ulrik Jungersen, firstname.lastname@example.org