The first global design forum launches as part of this year's London Design Festival

What is the Global Design Forum?
The Global Design Forum is a new one-day event that brings together a star-alliance of design luminaries, organisations and talents to debate the issues and pressure points that are really affecting the design industry.
Are the creative industries inherently risky or the key to our future growth?
How can designers draw our path out of recession?
How is the business of design changing around the world?
Shouldn’t design be rooted at the centre of problem-solving activities?
Where does the digital revolution leave your business?
What are the real innovations shaping the design industry?
How do you convince people to have what they don’t yet know they want?
How can design be best used to secure a competitive advantage?
Why is it important to play and dream?
These are just a handful of the questions that will be raised on the day and everyone can have their say. Our aim is to collectively set the global design agenda and inspire positive new directions for the sector.
Curated and delivered by the London Design Festival, the inaugural Forum takes place on Tuesday 18th September at the spectacular Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross, London – itself a seed camp of future design talent.
The Global Design Forum will provide a creative platform for presenting and debating important and controversial ideas, both on and off the stage. The Forum will turn the tables on traditional one-way conference models by giving individual delegates the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to the discussions. We will gather these ideas from our speakers and delegates in order to formulate mini manifestos that will inform the themes of future Global Design Forum events.
Who is speaking?
Our leading local and international speakers have been specifically chosen from a variety of backgrounds, from start-up entrepreneurs to established corporate leaders, from key public sector figures to cultural pacesetters. They have been specifically briefed to challenge conventions and propose pioneering ideas as the world moves through a particularly challenging period.
Sessions throughout the day will take the format of keynote addresses, panel discussions and case study presentations, all with opportunities for delegates to participate and feedback their thoughts and ideas.