Design Council is holding a free event on Thursday 23rd April 2009 to explore the role of design and the designer in alternative future scenarios. You need to register to attend and they are keen for service designers to sign up!
"2009 will be remembered as a year of global economic downturn, but what could this mean for the future of the economy, society and government?
Will the downturn compel us to turn inwards, to become a nation of close knit families driven by individual needs? Or will it force unprecedented collaboration, creating a Britain that is focused upon the common good?
Dr Alex King, project leader at the governments Horizon Scanning Centre, will be presenting Economy and Society 2030 – a series of potential scenarios illustrating different versions of the future for Britain. Join the debate about role of the designer in these different futures for Britain and explore their position in helping shape the future of how government can deliver public services during global economic and societal change."