Design is a powerful agent of change and to transform innovation into progress. This is how it is understood by Barcelona Design centre and also by the European Commission (with a Design for Innovation Policy since 2011) or the World Economic Forum. It is moreover a cross-disciplinary ally for all of our economy’s production sectors and the challenges that our society faces.
In order to show the strategic value of design and its economic and social impact, we work intensely to ensure that the recognition of design in public policies becomes a reality.
We form part of the European Commission’s European Design Leadership Board, a think tank to define the role of design in Europe’s innovation policy; we participate in European projects such as Design4Innovation and we are an active member of BEDA (The Bureau of European Design Associations).
In the sphere of domestic policy, we led and coordinated the first Spanish Design Ecosystem, a platform which identifies the different actors and brings together studies which allow us to position the Spanish design sector in relation to other economic sectors. And we have also coordinated the study "Keys on public procurement of design services", an informative publication on how to successfully carry out the process of contracting design services by public administrations.