Venanzio Arquilla, Researcher, INDACO Design Department; Assistant Professor, Design Faculty, Politecnico di Milano; Massimo Bianchini, Contract Research, INDACO Design Department, Politecnico di Milano; Lecturer, University of Parma; Stefano Maffei, Associate Professor, INDACO Design Department; Design Faculty, Politecnico di Milano
Among the advanced economies of the world, where national design policies are concerned, Italy is an anomaly. Despite a culture and appreciation of the arts and of technological elegance, it has no real national policy. As these authors see it, Italy's design efforts are decentralized, regional, fragmented, and uncoordinated. From their perspectives in academia and at Sistema Design Italia (a network of university design research agencies), they argue that instead of the typical approach-in which innovation is linked to existing companies and therefore all initiatives must pass through them-it would be more useful to encourage the process of idea generation and consequently the creation of new enterprises suitable to develop these ideas. "In this way," they write, "we would be able to optimize the evolution of those Italian productive territories that are suffering from global competition-moving from a model of design-driven innovation for enterprises to a model of innovation with enterprises."
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Design in Government