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Session Overview
Day 1: Keynote: Design Futures: Making decisions about what to do next
Wednesday, 19/Jun/2019:
9:00am - 9:35am

Session Chair: Cees de Bont
Session Chair: Gerda Gemser
Location: Plexal

Chris Thompson,  Viadynamics Ltd
Rachel Cooper, Imagination, Lancaster University

Chris Thompson and Rachel Cooper discuss the future of design and innovation, from their own perspectives of the past and the present. Chris draws on a long career in industry to illustrate current challenges facing design and business. Rachel Cooper will respond, drawing on her experience and perspectives of design research and education. They conclude with a provocation to the audience, for further discussion.

Session Abstract

Chris Thompson BSc, CIMA, FRSA
Founding Partner, Viadynamics Ltd

Viadynamics advises organisations on how to make innovation happen – from strategy to action including innovation capability building. Chris has led innovation assignments for global corporations (like 3M, Abbott, AXA, Fresenius, GSK, Leo Pharma, Mars, Pepsico, SABMiller and Unilever), start-ups (like Cellesce, Snap Tech and Sugru), and for universities (Including Cambridge, Kent, Warwick and York). With a background in physics, engineering and accountancy, Chris has spent 25 years working in design and innovation consulting. He was Chief Operator Officer of Fitch plc working in the US and UK and MD of PSD Associates Ltd before founding Viadynamics in 1998. Chris is passionate about the role of change management, systems engineering and design thinking in driving breakthrough solutions to innovation challenges.

Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She was founding Director of ImaginationLancaster. Her research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including books ‘ The Handbook of Design Management’, 'Designing Sustainable Cities','The Handbook of Wellbeing and the Environment' and  Living in Digital Worlds; designing the digital public space’. She is also series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility. She was founding editor of The Design Journal and also founding President of the European Academy of Design. She is currently President of the Design Research Society.