Design Indaba Joins TED and Davos As Top Global Conference
I just returned from South Africa and the Design Indaba conference and if you are interested in creativity, innovation and design, put it on your list of “must-go” annual confabs. Putting an incredible array of brilliant speakers including Stephan Bucher, J. Craig Venter, Han Feng, Piyush Pandy, Li Edelkoort and Christien Meindertsma in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town, in a truly emergent country context (the shantytowns are a few miles out of the city-center near the airport), makes for an experience unlike any you’ve had in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum or Long Beach, California for TED. At Davos and TED, people talk about social innovation and designing solutions for the poor but the poor are absent and invisible. At Design Indaba, they are THERE. The problems are in your face. The need for innovation/design-generated economic growth and jobs is clear, not abstract.
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