Index Awards 2009

August 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

by Peter Baeck

Having missed rye bread, pickled herring and wide lanes for bicycles for way to long I decided to go to wonderful Copenhagen this past weekend.

After having consumed all off the above in copious amounts it luckily turned out that Copenhagen had more to offer than just treats for my taste buds. On Kgs. Nytorv in central Copenhagen INDEX: Design to Improve Life was and still is exhibiting the 69 finalist designs that could potentially win the Index Award, within the five categories: body, home, work, play and community. The INDEX: Award is the biggest design award in the world, with a total award sum of 500,000 Euros, and it is the main driver of INDEX:’s mission to generate more design to improve life of higher quality all over the world.

It was particularly interesting to see how closely related the work process of the designers who have contributed is to the work of the social innovations we work with at the Innovation Unit. The diagram used to describe the design process will seem very familiar to those working with social innovation.

Going through the exhibition I made my own little top 3 of designs I think could be relevant to the work we do at the IU.

  1. Creative Pitch
  2. Solar Water Plant
  3. Waste Recovering System

Do you agree? Via the Index Award hyperlink you can take a virtual tour of the exhibition, and come up with your take on my top 3 and give me your suggestions. And should you ever feel like playing a game of City Invader, you can sign me up!!

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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services, Innovation Worldwide, Third Sector Innovation.

Innovation, trucks and mustard ice-cream An efficient way to get a National Insurance Number please, season 1, episode 2!!

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