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U.S. National Design Policy Summit

The reason why I have been neglecting my blog is that I have been spending the last few months putting together a U.S. National Design Policy Summit. The event was held last week.



Leaders representing the major U.S. professional design organizations, design education accreditation organizations, and Federal government design assembled in Washington D.C. on November 11-12 to develop a blueprint for a U.S. national design policy.

United by a shared vision of design’s integral role in the U.S.’s economic competitiveness and democratic governance, the Summit generated over 250 proposals for how the design communities and the U.S. government can work together to drive:
-    innovation that supports American entrepreneurial spirit and economic vitality,
-    better performance in government communications and effectiveness,
-    sustainable practices for communities and the environment, and
-    design thinking that advances the educational goals of all areas of knowledge.

Summit participants ranked proposals by their value to the American people and the design communities as well as their operational and political feasibility. Brad McConnell, economic adviser in the Office of Senator Dick Durbin, assisted the group in determining political feasibility. The Summit concluded with the proposal of several immediate action steps for developing a U.S. national design policy:
1.    Re-establish the American Design Council to serve as a unified body representing all the U.S. design fields
2.    Create a report of the Summit and its proposals as the first publication of the American Design Council
3.    Seek funding for a report on the contribution of the design industries to the U.S. economy
4.    Encourage and support the National Endowment for the Art’s proposing of a U.S. National Design Assembly in 2010 and Federal Design Improvement Program in 2011
5.    Develop case studies from each design field that demonstrates the economic, social, and environmental value of design
6.    Engage design industry CEOs to provide testimonials of the value of design
7.    Propose a holistic design award that will represent the highest honor in American design.

Organized by Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, Associate Professor of Design Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the U.S. National Design Summit participants included:

From Professional Design Organizations

-    Richard Grefé, Executive Director of AIGA
-    Paul Mendelsohn, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, American Institute of Architects
-    Deanna Waldron, Director of Government and Public Affairs, American Society of Interior Designers
-    Earl Powell, Lifelong Fellow, Design Management Institute
-    Frank Tyneski, Executive Director, Industrial Designers Society of America
-    Allison Levy, Managing Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, International Interior Design Association
-    Paul Sherman, President, Usability Professionals Association
-    Leslie Gallery Dilworth, Executive Director, Society for Environmental Graphic Design

From Design Education Accreditation Bodies

-    Catherine Armour, National Board Member, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design
-    Holly Mattson, Executive Director, Council for Interior Design Accreditation
-    Samuel Hope, Executive Director, National Association for Schools of Art and Design

From U.S. Federal Government

-    Clark Wilson, Sr. Urban Designer/Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
-    Frank Giblin, Director Urban Development Program, U.S. General Services Administration
-    Janice Sterling, Director of Creative Services, U.S. Government Printing Office
-    Ronald Keeney, Assistant Director of Creative Services, U.S. Government Printing Office

Summit Facilitators

-    Renata Graw, Principal Plural, University of Illinois at Chicago MFA 2008
-    Siobhan Gregory, MFA student in Industrial Design at University of Illinois at Chicago
-    Alicia Kuri Alamillo, MFA student in Graphic Design at University of Illinois at Chicago
-    Matthew Muñoz, Principal Design Heals, North Carolina State University MFA 2008
-    Sean Burgess, IDSA
-    Tim Adkins, IDSA

Open letter to the future: President Barack Obama

Dear Payton, Tavyn, Taylor, Little Du, Willow, Ronan, Tegan, and all my other nieces and nephews (by blood or by adoption),

As one of the first generations of African Americans to be born free (the past 1964-65 generation), I write this letter to you because the US has elected its first black/multiracial president. No one in the past 400 years of American history could imagine this day, this moment. What this means for you is that as of today, you can dream and hope to become anything that you want, even President of the most powerful nation in the world.

I am watching the sound check for Obama in Chicago on the Internet with tears of joy and hope rolling down my checks. What is amazing about this moment is that its not about a black man becoming President, but rather its is about the American people of all colors, creeds, genders, religions, sexual orientations, classes deciding that hope is what binds us all together, deciding that we can empower ourselves to change ourselves, our apathy, our greed, our arrogance into something better, and thus become a better people and a better nation.

So my young ones, the future of this great nation, the future of the world, as of tonight you have no limitations to where your dreams can take you. Tonight, we adults have given you back the hope of a better future. We will have to work our asses off to deliver it to you, but we have taken the first step of reclaiming our compassion, our discipline, our hope, and our ability to change the world for the better. We will not let you down again.

All the love in my heart,

Aunt/Auntie Dori

November 4, 2008

Voter number 12

Arrived at 6am and voter number 12. Some issues with the one touch screen ballot (setting up the card) and the paper ballot counter, but pretty easy. The line is out the door, but it is a really small polling place.IMAGE_00370.jpg