Design can help to change the system, say speakers at politics talk


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“Designers can influence politicians by proposing “10,000 little steps” to improve the world, according to speakers at our final Good Design for a Bad World talk at Dutch Design Week.

Panelists at the talk, which looked at how design can impact the political sphere, said that many small ideas could prove more effective than a few big ones.

“If designers just start doing what they are really good at, then politicians will follow,” said Jan Boelen, artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, and curator of this year’s Istanbul Design Biennial. “Then the energy goes to the right stuff.”

“We should look into probably 10,000 little steps and little solutions and little questions.”

Politics is becoming irrelevant to ordinary people and needs a redesign, the panel agreed, and designers can help by communicating ideas for a better world that both politicians and the public can understand.”

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