World Design Policy Conference

19 – 23 October 2020

Lille Metropole is the World Design Capital 2020.  The World Design Policy Conference aims to study design as a tool of resilience for our democracies.

The current societal climate is shaking our democracies to their core. Europe and its states are suffering from the defiance of citizens towards their institutions, which they see as out of touch with their concerns. In suspending some of our actions, drawing out the electoral process and generating a sense of confusion, the public health crisis has only reinforced this belief. Yet at the same time, a clear trend has emerged. Citizens are seeking to commit in other ways in order to tackle climate, environmental and social emergencies, with online forums, spontaneous mobilisations, direct contributions, other forms of civic engagement and desires expressed through new collective concepts. This movement was cemented at the peak of the crisis by many spontaneous acts of solidarity and a profound change in discussions on how our societies function.

Read about Lille Metropole’s efforts to become Design Capital here

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Alex Godson Media Coordinator


  • The glass city hall

    Paweł Adamowicz, former Mayor of Gdansk, has left a lasting legacy in the city in the form of its openness policy.

    4 minutes read
  • Bialystok – Become a Hero in your city

    Offering locals money to come up with great ideas that meet their needs may sound like an easy win, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. Over several editions, Bialystok has finetuned a process that opens the door for anyone to, as they put it ‘Become a hero in your city’.

    5 minutes read
  • Healthy urban park

    Utrecht's Máximapark brings communities together and is a model of good citizen engagement.

    5 minutes read
  • Imagining the city

    Warsaw's citizen's consultations have come a long way since they were first introduced in 2008, even allowing citizens to make proposals for consultations, and running in parallel with a participatory budget.

    4 minutes read
  • Rennes, a lab for Europe

    To combat Euroscepticism while encouraging a critical engagement with the EU and European issues, Rennes created its 'Labo for Europe'. Locals can get together and get creative around their city's relationship to Europe.

    6 minutes read
  • Donostia/San Sebastian – Smart from the bottom up

    On these streets, you are walking through the past and the future at once. In a historic locality, major digital upgrades and training for locals has made for one of Europe's smartest streets.

    5 minutes read
  • Listen to the people

    Reykjavik's decade long experiment in e-democracy, is a model for a new kind of democracy.

    4 minutes read
  • Three dimensions of a city

    An earthquake eradicated Skopje’s Jewish Quarter. Now, via their mobile phones, visitors to Skopje will soon be able to roam through that quarter once again.

    6 minutes read
  • Snake hunt

    Grenoble Alpes Metropole's magical Tour Sans-Venin is famous for its power to keep snakes at bay - for the metropole, it was the perfect place for an enormous treasure hunt.

    6 minutes read
  • People power for climate

    Vantaa, the fourth most populous city in Finland, is thinking on a global scale. This is particularly so when it comes to living up to global climate commitments.

    5 minutes read