Announcement: Panel Discussion on the Design Economy in Berlin


By Renard Teipelke

On Thursday, June 2nd, a panel discussion will be held at the International Design Festival DMY (June 1st-5th) with the title “Creative City Berlin – What Strategies Does Berlin’s Design Industry Need?” (7pm-9pm; Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin).

The panelists are Nicole Srock-Stanley (Dan Pearlman/CREATE Berlin), Jörg Suermann (DMY Berlin), Cornelia Horsch (International Design Center Berlin), and Bastian Lange (Multiplicities) and Ares Kalandides (INPOLIS) who will also moderate the discussion.

The panelists will focus on strategies for Berlin’s design industry and thereby critically discuss visions, strategic objectives, and appropriate measures. The experts will talk about the role of design as the driving force behind innovation. Several questions will be addressed: Which social groups are present in the design sector. How can this creative economy contribute socially as well as economically to the city and its residents? Furthermore, how is the creative design sector related to ‘classical’ business sectors? What can be learnt from best practice examples of other cities? The panel will look at potentials and conflicts concerning the development of the design industry in Berlin – including aspects like ‘experimentation vs. professionalization.’

At the end of the panel discussion, the experts will try to formulate specific recommendations for the further development of Berlin’s design industry and outline particular measures for a comprehensive support of this creative economy.

Contributions by the audience are welcome. The panel discussion will be held in German. Combined tickets for the exhibition and the panel discussion can be purchased for €16 (€8 for members).

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