Inclusive Society

Welcome to
The Embassy of Inclusive Society

How can designers contribute to a society in which everyone feels included and represented?

An inclusive society is an open society that strives for the participation of all, a society in which every citizen has a part and in which the notion of reciprocity is central. It is also a society in which everyone feels included and represented. In the Netherlands, these notions are often taken for granted – after all, by law we are all equal – but, in reality, it is far from self-evident.

Although this theme is widely discussed in society, it is hardly ever discussed in the design sector. And that’s strange: designers design for all of society, while the Dutch design field is not yet a fair representation of society. Designers with a non-Western cultural background, female designers, designers from lower economic classes and designers with physical disabilities are underrepresented. Predominantly highly educated white men design products for all to use, and as a result they do not always comply with the identity, lifestyle, or cultural background of the users.

The Embassy is primarily a plea for a more diverse and inclusive design field. A plea for a greater number of designers with diverse and inclusive backgrounds. At Dutch Design Week 2021, we will present a variety of design projects and an active form of cooperation between various groups in our society.

The curator of this Embassy is Jorn Konijn, Head of Programme of Dutch Design Week.

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