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Here's a mustn't-miss date for design professionals' diaries: the inaugural Global Design Forum. A new one-day event organised by the London Design Festival, the forum will bring together some of the leading designers, design organisations and luminaries, with the aim of setting a global agenda for the design industry.
Taking place on Tuesday 18 September, the international event aims to invoke discussion and debate about the place of design today and in the future, and will discuss solutions to some of the issues facing designers in challenging economic times. It'll be held at the striking new Central Saint Martin's campus in King's Cross.
A diverse list of names are confirmed to attend, with speakers including Thomas Heatherwick - the man behind the stunning 2012 Olympic cauldron, Vicky Richardson - Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council, and designer Tom Dixon. Joining them will be entrepreneurs such as inventor of Sugru, Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh; public sector figures including Head of Government Digital Services Ben Terrett as well as Chief Design Officer Mat Hunter from Design Council; journalist and authority on innovation and creativity, Charles Leadbeater, and design educator and writer John Thackara.
Sir John Sorrell, Chairman of London Design Festival comments, 'At a time when the world is looking for innovative thinking to solve problems and seize new opportunities,the launch of the Global Design Forum brings together the key design and industry players to set the agenda for the role of design in the economy and people's lives.'
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