The conference was also honored by a high-level visit from Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He gave a keynote speech at the conference on August 13, which focused on digital transformation in society. On August 14 participants discussed the challenges of digitalization for businesses. Companies such as Coca-Cola, SAP Design and Infosys shared their experiences with applying Design Thinking.
Design Thinking already helps developing national and transdisciplinary solutions for many societal problems. "The time has come to drive Design Thinking at global level", explains Professor Ulrich Weinberg, President of the GDTA and Director of the HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam. "It is my wish that the GDTA will play a central role in achieving just that."
With an international exchange program for Design Thinking coaches the next GDTA initiative will start in September. Representatives of the HPI School of Design Thinking will travel to Genovasi d.school in Malaysia to support and learn about the local approach to Design Thinking.
To learn more about the GDTA, visit: http://www.gdta.org.