Great news today. The project that I and Ken Friedman has proposed "In Designo Nos Fidus" has been shortlisted for the IFG Ulm designing politics programme. The prize is up to 50,000 Euros for projects that bring together politics and design. We were shortlisted from a group of 54 projects from around the world to the final 8. In September, I will have to fly to Germany and give an oral presentation about the project and they will decide which projects will be funded.
Short description of our project:
The project In Designo Nos Fidus seeks to collect and disseminate global knowledge of the theoretical and practical issues of national design policy (formal and informal) for governance through an international conference, edited publication, and related website. Its objectives are to bring together the disparate communities that regulate, produce, and consume civic design artifacts (i.e. the government sanctioned documents and forms, objects, built environments, and web interfaces that mediate the interactions between the government and the governed), to develop a scholarly body of knowledge on the topic, and to create an online living database of case studies of the role of designing and national design policy in governance.