The Summit of International Organizations was held in Montreal Oct 23-24 2017. It gathered around 50 international organizations with the objective of developing an international action plan for harnessing the power of design to address pressing global challenges. International organizations representing design, architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture, came together with representatives of intergovernmental and supranational organizations and specialized agencies, such as UNESCO, OECD, UNEP and ICLEI.

One of the main objectives of the World Design Summit Meeting was the development of a joint Declaration – a position statement that will identify the unique role, capacities, and value of design and design-related disciplines. The Declaration will also propose an implementation framework for continued international collaboration.

The Declaration will specifically outline how design impacts and can better serve:

  • Economy
  • Culture
  • Environment
  • Society

The delegate for DESIS Network was the international coordinator Carla Cipolla, which, with the support of the International Coordination Committee has participated to bring the DESIS approach to the discussion and to sign the joint declaration. One of the main points brought by her to the discussion is that design can also do other than lead: it can be an enabler and supporter of social and bottom-up processes, i.e., that the design can offer a space for collaboration, recognizing and leveraging the knowledge and capacities of diverse individuals and publics.

Another objective of the meeting was to define joint projects able to activate actors around the processes. This is an ongoing process that, hopefully, will generate new projects and possibilities for our network.