World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 has entered a partnership with the INDEX: organization of Denmark whose mission is to improve life through design. A part of this partnership will be the introduction to students in Finland of the Design to Improve Life educational programme developed by the Danish organization.
The education programme is targeted particularly towards secondary school students and it teaches creative design thinking. It includes various materials for both students and teachers as well as the option to develop the programme further. INDEX: also arranges taster sessions for teachers. Colleges implementing the programme will be chosen from the five World Design Capital 2012 towns.
In addition the WDC Helsinki 2012 and INDEX: partnership includes, for example, an outdoor exhibition in Helsinki of INDEX: Award finalist designs and the Design Lab Helsinki workshops where problems raised by the cities will be resolved with the help of experts. The partnership will extend to all the five WDC Helsinki 2010 towns which are Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti.
– Helsinki’s metropolitan area is committed to utilizing design as a source of improved quality of life and competitive advantage. The INDEX: partnership network brings us the opportunity both to learn new operating models and to share knowledge, explains Helsinki’s Mayor Jussi Pajunen.
Copenhagen and Singapore have both also joined the INDEX: partnership alliance.
– We very much admire the way these cities have utilized design. The partnership is of benefit to all of us, notes Kigge Hvid, CEO of INDEX:.
INDEX: is a non-profit organization that operates internationally to improve the quality of life through design. The underlying philosophy is that design is a tool that can be used to increase well-being everywhere in the world. INDEX: is also behind the global biennial design award, the INDEX:Award, which is the largest monetary design prize in the world.
World Design Capital Helsinki takes design into schools
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