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Every year a group of open-minded design universities from Italy, Belgium, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, the UK and Scotland meet up in a network called GIDE – Group for International Design Education. This year Politecnico di Milano was host for this GIDE meetup and had the brainwave to invite the College of Visual Arts and Design of North Texas, USA and the Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China making this the most international GIDE gathering to date.

The particular conception of GIDE is that rather than being a segregated experience of teachers and lecturers attending in a conference and students a participating in a summerschool, this is both. Students and teachers from Politecnico di Milano, Leeds College of Art, Thomas More College of Design, University of Primorska, University of applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland, University of Magdeburg, Leeds College of Arts and University of Dundee have worked on the common theme “Feed the planet” in this passed year and will use this chance to share experiences from their home countries.

“Feed the planet” is also the theme of this year´s College of Visual Arts and Design of North Texas, USA and the Tongji College of Design and Innovation, Shanghai, China making this the most international GIDE gathering to date. The particular conception of GIDE is that rather than being a segregated experience of teachers and lecturers attending in a conference and students a participating in a summerschool, this is both. Students and teachers from Politecnico di Milano, Leeds College of Art, Thomas More College of Design, University of Primorska, University of applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland, University of Magdeburg, Leeds College of Arts and University of Dundee have worked on the common theme “Feed the planet” in this passed year and will use this chance to share experiences from their home countries.
“Feed the planet” is also the theme of this year´s Expo in Milan and the GIDE participants will complete the next stage of the work this week, collaborating across countries to create both physical designs and digital stories. Both will be on show at the end of the week.

As a part of this ambitious programme, I had the pleasure to share insights on co-creative design, what potential it holds for communities and the impact on the profession “designer”.

Talk: Group for International Design Education