Session type:


Presented by:

Laura Yarrow


Session time:

29 May 11:30 12:15

Session duration:

45 minutes

About the session

Designers often work across a huge, complex ecosystem, and have the privilege of bringing new ideas, products and services to life. With that privilege comes the responsibility to distribute that power, to build sustainable, inclusive design practices and communities, and think long term. Design Stewardship is a new way of approaching design to ensure the ripples of what we do today are positive for those that follow in our footsteps, and benefit society as a whole.

This talk introduces the concept of “Design Stewardship”, as there is a tangible movement for organisations and institutions to be led by guardians who are entrusted with the important task of designing a better world for the citizens that live in it.

Participant takeaways:

  • A new philosophy of design leadership and approaching their work as a designer. The talk promotes a different way of thinking about their role in the world - that with the right mindset, their work and contribution can be part of the solution to the many problems the world currently faces.
  • Confidence in seeing the whole ecosystem they work in - an expanded sense of where they can impact, and why their role is important.
  • The language, vocabulary and knowledge of key design stewardship topics, such as diversity, accessibility, systems thinking, and the privilege of designers.


Leadership, Service, Sustainable design, Long term thinking, Inclusion, Distributing power and privilege in design, Community, Guardianship, Complexity, Ambiguity, Systems thinking, Future

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