"Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work", Andrés Tapia.
After last year's edition, a lack of diversity at the Service Design Fringe Festival (SDFF) was recognised. Even more importantly, it is an issue within the Design Industry as a whole.
So this year, we are aiming at doing better. This means ensuring that Inclusion and Diversity is one of our core values and not only a tick in the box!
That's not all! We see as well the Festival as a springboard to make a change within the industry.
Tonight a workshop is going to be held with a bunch of bright people from diverse backgrounds who want the industry to be more inclusive. As part of this workshop, we will develop a Diversity and Inclusion Manifesto. This Manifesto will be communicated to all people involved with the Festival (speakers, partners, attendees, volunteers...) and we expect everyone involved in the festival to support it and promote it.
More to come on D&I after tonight's workshop.