On June 10, 2009, Dori Tunstall, organizer of the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative, participated in the launch of DIGMA, the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts. DIGMA is the first of what the Initiative hopes to be more State-level design industry, government, and education collaborative policy groups.
During the event, DIGMA launched their new website, www.digma.us, and announced their upcoming programs including the Massachusetts Design Festival in September 2009. Founding director, Beate Becker, asked Dori Tunstall along with Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to speak about the importance of design policy at the Federal and State levels.
Secretary Bialecki highlighted the importance of design to Massachusetts' economy and the State's responsiveness to designers' cries for design excellence in government design. Dori emphasized how U.S. governance operates at both the Federal and State levels. Thus, the wide adoption of design policy will only take place when their are "design councils" at both levels. Dori's presentation is available for download. DIGMA launch prez_final (PDF 3.1. MB). It provides a great overview of what the U.S. has already been doing regarding design policy for economic competitiveness and democratic governance.
The U.S. National Design Policy Initiative is really proud of what DIGMA has accomplished since forming in 2007. They represent a model for the other 50 States.