Design policy gatherings are fashionable these days. First there was an international design policy conference on 6-7 November in Turin, Italy (that I reported on in detail here on Core77). Then a few days later major U.S. professional design organizations, design education accreditation organizations, and Federal government design assembled on 11-12 November in Washington D.C. for a National Design Policy Summit (also briefly mentioned on Core77).
Today Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, associate professor of design anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the main organising force behind the U.S. event, gave some more background on what seemed to have been a very systematic affair:
The 2008 US National Design Summit was organized as a two-day super-intense workshop with the goal of creating a shared actionable agenda of U.S. design policy for economic competitiveness and democratic governance among the professional design associations, design educational bodies, and the design-related Federal government agencies.
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>> UPDATE 23 JAN 2009: Report of the US National Design Policy Summit