In her capacity as President, Deborah also sits on the Design Leadership Board for the European Design Innovation Initiative, set up to exploit the full potential of design for innovation.
BEDA’s 42 professional design and trade association members, from 24 member states, represent about 400,000 individuals designers across Europe. BEDA is deeply involved in the shaping of policy for Europe and in raising awareness of the importance of design as a business tool. It aims to educate politicians to understand that design can be an enabler for change and to improve competitiveness for European industry. Ultimately, it wants an improved life for European citizens, through design.
As a result of many years successful lobbying in Brussels, today, design is part of the innovation policy for Europe called Innovation Union 2020.
Events and resources
BEDA members account for the majority of all design activities undertaken at a national and regional level across Europe. The Events Calendar highlights just a few of the diverse activities taking place to promote design, to educate companies about the benefits of design and to raise the awareness of the impact of design in our every day lives.
BEDA members also publish a huge amount of material that covers everything from national surveys and scoping reports to policy documents and thought leadership pieces. BEDA has also published several reports on design in Europe today, which can be downloaded.
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