DR. JAN OWEN AM HON DLITT
The story of Australia begins with the First designers, storytellers, architects and artists from the oldest surviving living culture in the world and I pay my respects to our First Nations peoples, the traditional custodians of this vast land and their elders past, present and emerging.
More recently, 2,400 yrs ago, the Atheans identified 3 chief virtues of the ideal form – it must be true and real, good and functional and beautiful in form.
As designers, we continue to seek to create things, systems and experiences that exemplify these virtues to expand, reveal, surprise, enrich and weave the connective tissue of our lives and our communities.
In my world of social innovation, young people are seeking new solutions and designing new systems to address the existential crisis of their generation – that of sustaining the planet and building a more inclusive and connected world.
Co-designing the future has become a global imperative as a new generation of designers seek to reach across sectors, disciplines and geographies to solve wicked, intractable problems and explore who we could yet become in the search of the best version of ourselves.
I doubt there has ever been a more exciting time to be a designer with the power to tell stories, change conversations and to make the world better day by day.