[video] DfG 2015 Final Show in video

Editor’s note: The final Show took place on May 26, 2015 at Säätytalo. In this post, we are sharing the final concepts of Design for Government 2015 in video. You can also see the event with photos in this previous post.


Sirpa Kekkonen, Head of the Government Strategy Secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Office opened the event with warm welcome to Säätytalo, one of the most historically significant places for Finnish politics and policy making. Then, the teachers of DfG, Seungho Lee and Juha Kronqvist have opened the event with a brief summary of what happened in DfG 2015, and an interesting example of a systemic design of Gordon Murray, the legendary F1 car designer, which repeatedly came up as a metaphor.

Project Piazza I & II

The first teams to present were the Project Piazza I and II, who were assigned to come up with solutions to better utilise government funded research project. Despite the complexity of the challenges commissioned to them, the two teams have come up with two rather different but both highly potential proposals, one focusing on sharing the government funded research and the other focusing on the cultural change.

Team: Laura Uusitalo, Maritere Vargas Contreras, Oona Lii Casalegno, Pok Tik Benjamin Leung
Download the presentation slides of Piazza 1

Team: Anna Eva Várnai, Gaspar Mostafa, Oona Frilander, Petra Leino
Download the presentation slides of Piazza 2

Primary Producer’s Notification I & II

Then, the Primary Producer’s Notification teams have presented two radically different, but complimentary proposals in order to lessen the burden of both the primary producer of foodstuff and the civil servants in the authorities. The first team has proposed a comprehensive online service with no forms that will tackle “the April madness” as the month is the busiest month for the producers to start farming as well as the most paperwork. Meanwhile, the second team focused on improving existing the form itself that would create dialogues among the producers and civil servants.

Team: Anni Leppänen, DU Yuexin, Ekaterina Skvortsova, Eloise Smith-Foster, Iiro Leino
Download the presentation slides of the Primary Producer’s Notification 1

Team: Bice Lee Herold, Eevi Pauliina Saarikoski, Panu Matias Autio, Richard Eric Birger Hylerstedt
Download the presentation slides of Primary Producer’s Notification 2

School Fruits and Vegetables Scheme

Team: Anna-Kaisa Varjus, Jaakko Kalervo Kalsi, Maija Jantunen, Maria Jaatinen, Paula Karlsson
Download the presentation slides, and the concept video


The event concluded with a discussion among the audiences. Virpi Einola-Pekkinen, the Head of Development at Ministry of Finance and one of the founders of Change Maker’s Network, opened the session. After that, Juha and Seungho led the discussion with two questions, and the audience discussed about those questions with the person sitting next to them. The discussion was lively and brought up interesting questions and agendas. One of the interesting questions was “would the Finnish government hire new talents for facilitating and applying the new approaches presented in DfG?”. Laura Aalto from Toimiva kaupunki said that it would take time, but it will certainly come true as the mindset of civil servants are rapidly changing based on her own experience.

What’s next?

More photos can be found in the Flickr account of the international master’s programme Creative Sustainability. Also, we will join to participate in Helsinki Design Week 2015 in September, so please check back in latter half of August.

Till then, have a great summer!

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