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An interactive workshop at WDCD Amsterdam 2017.

Filmmaker and media advocate Michael Uwemedimo (Nigeria) speaking on stage at WDCD Amsterdam 2017.

Cartoonist Zapiro (South Africa) speaking on stage at WDCD Amsterdam 2017.

Design researchers STBY (Netherlands) speaking on stage at WDCD Amsterdam 2017.

WDCD Refugee Challenge leader, Dagan Cohen, with Corinne Gray and Jonathan Spampinato of partners UNHCR Innovation and IKEA Foundation, announcing the 5 finalists of the challenge on stage at WDCD Amsterdam 2017.

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Update 03 Apr 2017

What can design do for climate change? WDCD hopes to find out!

What Design Can Do, an international platform that showcases the power of design is ready to set the stage with its 9th edition. Addressing ‘Climate Change’ which is the theme for What Design Can Do 2017, the event will build on the immediate need for discussions and solutions on 23 and 24 May 2017 at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam.

Initiated in 2011, What Design Can Do (WDCD) began as a way to harness design as a catalyst of change in the direction towards crucial societal questions. Co-founder and creative director Richard van der Laken believes designers are optimists and ensures that the issue will be approached with lots of positivism ensuring that important advances are made in the required directions.

Since the first event in Amsterdam in 2011, each edition is organized around themes that are key to the society. But recently, the organization grew, transitioning from two-day conferences to year-round activities including print publications, daily blogs and the global WDCD Challenge. This year, they hope to take things a step further with the launch of their ambitious global creative competition: The Climate Action Challenge on 22 April 2017. The challenge will call on the creative community to find tangible solutions to combat climate change while communicating the urgency of the situation to people across the world.

At this edition that takes place at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, WDCD hopes to give the visitors more control over their experience than ever with a change in the conference format. While previous editions were a great source of inspiration, this year, the event will involve a lot of hands on learning. With a series of workshops, breakout sessions, masterclasses, hackathons and roundtable discussions, WDCD is adapting to a more dynamic conference format to ensure that designers and experts are able to converse with visitors and actively engage in the problems to be addressed.

With a speaker line-up consisting of some of the biggest names in environmental activism and design, the event promises to represent a wide range of disciplines from bio-design to entrepreneurship and journalism. Among the speakers are Canadian designer Bruce Mau, best known for his Massive Change Network and writer Alice Rawsthorn whose latest book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life explores design’s influences on our past, present and future. The event will also see, IKEA’s head of design Marcus Engman whose journey with IKEA began as early as high school and the former Mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard whose environmental and civil-rights initiatives within Mexico City were awarded in 2010 with the World Mayor Prize.

“Instead of worrying about the problem, we are going to attack this challenge with all the creative energy and inventiveness we can bring together at WDCD,” co-founder Richard van der Laken says, confident that a collaborative and creative atmosphere will help showcase what design can truly do for climate change.

Tickets for What Design Can Do Live Amsterdam are now available here. If you want to know more about the schedule for the event, head to the programme and follow the Facebook page to know more about the latest announcements.