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SEE Design Workshop in Lyon

The first SEE project thematic workshop took place in Lyon on 15th and 16th June 2009; hosted by the French SEE partner ARDI Rhone-Alps Design Centre.
This thematic workshop, entitled Integrating creativity and design into regional innovation policy, was the first of four taking place between 2008 and 2011 as part of the SEE project framework.

The workshop had two main objectives: to pool knowledge, share experience, stimulate debate developing new thinking on integrating creativity and design into regional innovation policy; and to establish dialogue between the SEE partners and their regional policy-makers to strengthen the links between innovation and design in order to positively influence policies at regional and national levels.

All the SEE partners attended and some were accompanied by government representatives or regional policy-makers so that the policy recommendations discussed would be more relevant for the ultimate decision-makers. The Policy Recommendation Research Group, made up of five SEE partners (Finland, Estonia, Slovenia, Ireland & UK), will collate the information shared over the two days and develop a policy recommendation booklet on this workshop’s theme, which will be distributed to policy-makers and governments.

There was also particular focus on the SEE partners’ joint response to the European Commission’s public consultation on Design as a driver of user-centred innovation, which presents a concrete opportunity to incorporate design into EU innovation policy.


Innovation related to creative cities / Laurent Trontin / Greater Lyon
Innovation related to service and public sector / Hervé Mathe / ESSEC School of Business Institute of Service Innovation & Strategy

Conclusions / Tom Inns / Theatres of Thinking & Gavin Cawood / Design Wales


National and regional policies for innovation and design in partner countries / SEE partners - Pecha Kucha presentations: Wales / Belgium / Denmark / Estonia / France / Ireland / Italy / Poland / Slovenia / Spain.

Integrating creativity and design into regional innovation policy / interactive workshop facilitated by Tom Inns / Theatres of Thinking

Drawing a collective response to the EU public consultation Design as a driver of user-centred innovation / facilitated by Tom Inns / Theatre of Thinking

Design and Creativity Watch in National Policies / ARDI Rhone-Alps Design Centre

List of participants:
Andreja Jenko, Government Office for Growth, Slovenia
Barbara Bujnowska, Silesian Marshall Office, Poland
Charlotte Rix Nicolajsen, ARDI Rhone-Alps Design Centre, France
Diana Tamm, Estonia Estonian Design Centre, Estonia
Eugenia (Jenny) Martí, Barcelona Design Centre, Spain
Ewa Gołębiowska, Silesian Castle of Art & Enterprise, Poland
Franck Bercegeay, ARDI Rhone-Alps Design Centre, France
Gavin Cawood, Design Wales, UK
Gisele Raulik-Murphy, Design Wales, UK
Greg Coyle, Enterprise Ireland, Ireland
Ilaria Bedeschi, Consorzio Casa Toscana, Italy
Ingrid Vandenhoudt, Design Flanders, Belgium
Irene Burroni, Consorzio Casa Toscana, Italy
Justin Knecht, Centre for Design Innovation, Ireland
Kristjan Jagomägi, Estonian Design Centre, Estonia
Maja Šuštaršič, BIO – Architecture Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Marie Noelie Desage, Regional Government of Rhone-Alps, France
Michal Stefanowski, Polish Association of Industrial Designers, Poland
Sébastien Gay, ARDI Rhone-Alps Design Centre, France
Susie Ruff, Danish Design Centre, Denmark
Tom Inns, Theatres of Thinking, UK

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Erkki is founder and AD, who has been with Sviiter since its first steps. Erkki is with economy degree but with great passion for art & design. He has been a mentor in Ajujaht, manager of Innovation Year and helped to build Education Innovation Centre in Tallinn University.