Partnership With UNOPSMonday, 5th Sep 2016
CIID10 is in full swing right now, and besides the many inspiring panels, Lightning Talks and joyful reunions, there’s some great to news to announce: an official partnership between CIID and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS). UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo made the announcement Thursday, as the CIID Impact Minds conference kicked off at the UN City campus in Nordhavn, lending additional weight and excitement to an already momentous event.
In honour of UNOPS new partnership with the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), Grete Faremo, opened the one-day conference on the eve of the Institute’s ten-year anniversary.
“At the heart of the 2030 Agenda is the need to think outside of the box – using innovation, business and technology to help people build better lives,” said Ms. Faremo at the opening of “Impact Minds” on 1 September.
”UNOPS and CIID share a common belief that innovation can help spur global development.”
The partnership between UNOPS and CIID will allow both organizations to tap into each other’s networks in future joint projects.
UNOPS Social Impact Investment Initiative and the Institute’s interest in applying its work to the Sustainable Development Goals, led both organizations to each other earlier this year.
“Impact Minds is an opportunity to gather over 300 participants and CIID’s international network of experts to discuss future direction and impact. For an event focused on impact at global scale, we couldn’t have found a better place to share this agenda than with our partner, UNOPS at the UN City,” said Ms. Simona Maschi, Co-founder and CEO of CIID.
Interaction design combines traditional design disciplines with socio-economic trends. The Institute is an innovation institution for designers, engineers and architects, as well as a consultancy and start-up hub for designers.
The partnership comes at a significant time for both CIID and UNOPS, as global concern about the complex problems of the developing world aligns with a deeper embrace of design, and its unique potential to find sustainable solutions that work at the human level. UNOPS has a strong track record of working with government agencies and private companies alike, providing the project management expertise to direct resources where they’re most needed.
By partnering with CIID, they hope to leverage the extraordinary network of experts we’ve built over the past decade, and combine creativity with pragmatism in a way that impacts lives for the better, all around the world.