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Tor Alden

I, Tor Alden of Basking Ridge, NJ, offer my support of the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America’s Future ten design policy proposals. I am currently Partner and Co-Owner of an Industrial Design firm specializing in medical and healthcare product development and serve as an adjunct professor at Kean University School of Design. I have served in many offices in IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America) and am currently the medical section chair. My specific reason for endorsing this initiative is that for too long we have been designing products and devices fighting the result of the cause, not the cause. It is time we as designers think about the bigger picture of preventative healthcare...fixing the problem before it becomes a problem.

The design community has focused on creating products that create a sense of value and a simple purpose for use. The design community needs to be tapped into a new initiative to find a creative and simple way to promote good health, minimize complexity and make healthcare transparent and affordable to its users.

My local Senators are Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez. My Representatives are Rodney Freilinghuysen and Leonard Lance.

Tor Alden, IDSA

Marie Hermansson

I, Marie Hermansson, of Raleigh, NC, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Design touches all sectors of our daily life, and increasing awareness of that reality can result in tremendous benefit for all. The goals put forth for a national design policy, ranging from design innovation (protecting American intellectual property) to addressing the larger role of design in making American democratic values tangible to its citizenry, are critically important.

Senators Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D) and U.S. Representative Bob Etheridge of the N.C. 2nd District are my Congressional representatives.

Shimon Shmueli

I, Shimon Shmueli, wholeheartedly support our National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future proposals.

Design is whole brain and heart thinking, creativity, compassion, empathy, innovation, aesthetics, human-centered, and many other things that complement engineering, economics, politics, etc. to bring together better solutions. We live in an era where learning from the past is not enough and often can take us on the wrong path, so we need to explore new solutions and improve existing one by adding design to the disciplines and approaches that together will help us innovate and create a sustainable and even a better future for the US and for humanity.

I reside in Carrboro, North Carolina, and my Senators are Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and my US Represenattive is David Price.

Antonio Suarez

I, Antonio S. Suarez of Fort Lauderdale, Florida support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

My State senators are Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez, my representative is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Chris Linder

I, Chris Linder, native son of the state of Texas, residing in Austin, supports the U.S National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future Ten Design Policy Proposals. I'm a career designer/artist who strongly believes that the current system is failing the people while empowering the greedy and morally corrupt. It is my duty, as a father, as a patriot, and a discontent citizen to utilize my education, skills, and hard-working hands to help identify the problems that ail America and offer well-designed alternative evolutions to our country's operating system based on the framework of our Bill of Rights and Constitution. It is not enough to state our discontent - we must define the change we want and demand it. If our servants say "no" our responsibility and methodology to respond to fascism of this nature is clearly defined in our Constitution.

Peter  Wooding

I, Peter Wooding, am pleased to support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals. I am currently the Design Director of my own firm and an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). I am a past President of the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) and I strongly believe in the value of good design. I have testified before a congressional committee on the value of design in our country and in our world. Design brings benefits to end users, manufacturers, merchandisers and the world economy as a whole. Value comes to all by making things better and safer-- performing better, looking better and doing so in an environmentally responsibly way. We need to continue to maintain our competitive position in the world and good design is a very strong ingredient in the equation. As design problem solvers we should be engaged at every level in a global initiative so that everyone can benefit.

My senators are Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. My representative is Patrick Kennedy.

Peter Wooding. FIDSA, ASID
Providence, RI

Mike Konetzka

The U.S. National Design Policy Initiative has my full endorsement.

Design has had a tremendous impact on U.S. business, government, and society, yet the U.S. government has no coherent design policy—a missed opportunity to improve the quality of life within our borders and beyond.

Congress and the Obama Administration should immediately adopt these proposals.

Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Roland Burris and U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. of the Illinois 2nd District are my Congressional representatives.

Sincerely,
Michael S. Konetzka
Chicago, IL

Bob Cooper

I, Robert T. Cooper, of Phoenixville, PA support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the ten design policy proposals in Redesigning America's Future.

My company, Frontier Service Design, LLC is one of the first companies in the United States to focus exclusively on the design of services. Since services now represent approximately 75% of the U.S. gross domestic product, it is imperative that this nation come together to define standard definitions and implement best practices that will raise the quality of services in both the public and private sector. I look forward to contributing to this very important conversation and urge my fellow citizens and designers alike to do so as well.

My U.S. Senators are Arlen Specter and Robert Casey, my State Senator is Andrew Dinniman and my local Representatives are Jim Gerlach and Duane Milne.

Liza Kelley

I, Liza Kelley, fully support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative, and the Redesigning America's Future ten design policy proposals.

I understand the effects good design can have in shaping America's future. Simplifying information, solving design problems, and innovative thinking are all elements we need in shaping the future of our country.

In the many challenges we face, excellent communication, clear comprehension, and efficient transactions are key in our rising above them—this cannot be done without a well designed foundation.

Senators Olympia Snowe (R) and Susan Collins (R) and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D) are my Congressional representatives.

I am currently registered to vote in Portland, Maine

Christopher K. Travis

I, Christopher K. Travis, do hereby give my full endorsement to the U.S. Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn represent me in the Senate; and Lloyd Doggett represents me in the U. S. House of Representatives.

In particular, I support efforts to focus on "human needs" in design relating to the built environment. As the Managing Partner in an architecture firm that in part works with low-income housing, I am very aware of the profound impact "human centered" design has on the health and wellbeing of real people.

Design is central - not secondary - to creating an "America that works for everyone."

Paul J. Nini

I, Paul J. Nini, of Columbus, OH, give my full endorsement to the U.S. National Design Policy and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Senators George Voinovich (R) and Sherrod Brown (D); along with U.S. Representatives Mary Jo Kilroy (D) of Ohio's 15th district are my Congressional representatives. I urge them to offer their support to these initiatives, so to advance the economic and democratic recoveries so desperately needed in our country.

Adam Harvey

My name is Adam Harvey. As a public sector web designer living in Cleveland, Ohio, I have often had the opportunity to see how local and regional governments look to the federal system and its benchmarks and standards for guidance.

Because there is a great need for design standards and mentoring in public sector design, I fully endorse the mission of the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative.

I believe that good design can facilitate the interactions between citizens and their government, that good design can enhance the communicability of important information, and that good design can set a standard of quality and professionalism that will increase confidence in our government.

My Senators are George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, and my representative is Marcia L. Fudge for Ohio District 11.

Keep up the good work!

Frank Romagosa

I, Frank Romagosa of Chicago, Illinois, heartily endorse the set of proposals contained in the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the guiding spirit that organizes them. These are course-changing times for all of us, and design practice can steer us onto a renewed course of prosperity and well-being. Design and creativity are core to our American spirit, as when patriots founded a new country or a president sought to bridge apparently insurmountable differences between folks who had far more in common that allegiances of the moment.

At times of great crisis for our country, design thinking has come to our aid. It is again time for a New Deal, and these proposals carry in their spirit kindred guiding principles. It is a new moment for our nation, one in which we will do well to join creative thinking with practical action as we usher in a new era.

My senators are Richard Durbin and Roland Burris. My representative is Janice Schakowsky.

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I, Tom van den Bout, of Brooklyn, NY, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

As an architect, I experience directly the relationship between design excellence and the lives of people. Whether in the privacy of one’s own home or in the realm of public space, design has a direct impact on all aspects of both our personal and collective lives. This impact has the potential to be both negative AND positive. The ten policy proposals of the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future provide the basis for a POSITIVE NATIONWIDE IMPACT. The talent of the American design community can effectively catalyze a sustainable economic recovery if implemented within a cohesive and comprehensive design policy. Please support this effort.

Senators Charles Schumer (D) and Hillary Clinton (D), and Representative Edolphus Towns are my state representatives.

Tom van den Bout, Architect
Brooklyn, NY

Bonnie Schwartz

I, Bonnie Schwartz, of Santa Fe, NM, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Design is not a cosmetic application overlaying content, as many believe. It is the medium through which we are able to experience, order and understand the content presented to us. In this new world inaugurated today with the swearing in of Barack Obama, it is time that America embraces a design initiative that has as its central agenda and ideals clarity, transparency, sustainability, generosity, compassion and excellence across all products and media.

Senators Jeff Bingaman (D) and Tom Udall (D), and Representatives Matin Heinrich (D), Harry Teague (D), and Ben Lujan (D) are my state representatives and I pledge to do my part in advancing the goals of the U.S. National Design Policy in my state of New Mexico as well as on the national level.

Baron Lane

I, Baron Lane, of San Francisco, CA, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Design is innately a humanistic practice. Standing within industrially entrenched interests of business and technology to champion the individual as a equal participant is daring as it is necessary for our competitive future. Making life easier, technology more supportive of actual needs and industrial goods safer and supportive of the planet is just a few of the challenges design can help solve

Senators Barbara Boxer (D) and Dianne Feinstein (D), and Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D), Harry Teague (D), and Jackie Speier (D) are my state representatives and I pledge to do my part in advancing the goals of the U.S. National Design Policy in my state of California as well as on the national level.

Baron Lane, Designer
San Francisco, CA

Gong Szeto

I, Gong Szeto, of Santa Fe, NM, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Design by definition seeks to make complex matters accessible and desirable to the public. Design in its myriad forms and types of applications has been proven to be a key factor in competitive advantage in the private sector and if employed to serve the people of the United States, will reach new heights in effectiveness for people of all walks of life. The United States of America needs to unearth and explode the massive talents of American design practitioners and focus them on the challenges of this country. Lastly, design is not inherently partisan. Its virtue as an overall set of disciplines is an innate compassion for humanity and an eternal optimism for its prosperity, creative nourishment, and survival.

Senators Jeff Bingaman (D) and Tom Udall (D), and Representatives Matin Heinrich (D), Harry Teague (D), and Ben Lujan (D) are my state representatives and I pledge to do my part in advancing the goals of the U.S. National Design Policy in my state of New Mexico as well as on the national level.

Gong Szeto, Designer
Santa Fe, NM

Mara Jevera Fulmer

I, Mara Jevera Fulmer, wholly support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals as a way towards building a positive future.

While making and thinking have been the backbone of America's past, it is the creative and innovative energies of America's people that can make a difference in our future.

My Michigan representatives in Washington, DC are: Congressman Dale Kildee, Senator Carl Levin, and Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Gail A. Brackett

I, Gail A. Brackett, of Los Angeles, California, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the ten design policy proposals in Redesigning America's Future.

I believe that we are a country who is still playing a game that we were so good at made us a world power and leader. However, we continue to play it, despite the fact that the game has changed. The world has changed too and we have fallen behind in so many ways. As a professional in the creative and design industry for over 25 years, I understand the power, innovation and inspiration of design and creative thinking. I believe this type of initiative and action is critical to our future - not only for economic prosperity but for a better quality of life and a chance for positive social impact.

Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Representatives Henry Waxman, Diane Watson, Maxine Waters and Jane Harman.

Maciej Niedorezo

I Maciej Niedorezo, of Chicago, IL., support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Design is a noble cause aimed at creating innovative solutions to improve the quality of life. In order to make this possible however, we must first re-evaluate the structures, procedures and regulations which are an integral part of the process. Specifically proposal #9 can create security for designers once set in place, providing more options and possibilities clearly missing from today’s current configuration. The remaining proposals are essential foundations for a more promising future for design, and for us collectively as a nation. These important changes must be implemented now, in order for us to improve the current economic situation. Redesigning the policy structures with these crucial proposals in mind is the first active step we can take.

This country was built with the minds and hands of innovative people; it is our responsibility to maintain this American spirit.

My senators are Richard Durbin and Roland Burris with Janice Schakowsky as representative.

Karen Hibbert

I, Karen Hibbert, of Brooklyn, New York, fully support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the ten design policy proposals in Redesigning America's Future.

I believe that these proposals are critical to the rebuilding of the U.S. economy and extremely important in maintaining a competitive edge in the world. As a graphic designer, I find it unacceptable that the government does not have such policies currently in place. This is a necessary change that is a long time in coming.

Now is the time to act - The importance of design in society is often underestimated, yet designers are constantly working to change, create, and improve and they will be invaluable as the new Obama administration works to bring change to this country. This initiative will help to create jobs, increase the quality and effectiveness of government communications, work towards higher environmental building standards and promote designers, while further enabling their efforts and rewarding their success.

A "redesign" of governmental communications alone can dramatically impact the relationship between the U.S. government and the American people. Trust can be rebuilt, and authenticity restored.

I fully support these ten proposals and the National Design Policy Initiative.

My Senators are Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton and my Representative is Yvette Clarke.

Nicole Peterson

I, Nicole Peterson, of Boston, MA, think this is a righteous idea and fully support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and its proposals.

With a new administration comes a chance for new ideas to improve our standing in the world; our environmental, educational and health policies; and our relationships with each other. Design should be an integral part of this process, a partner in the future of this nation.

Design solutions can save the government millions in dollars and wasted time each year- from improving the design of election ballots and tax forms, to designing green buildings and automobiles, to acting as a tool to more effectively communicate with American citizens.

My representatives are:

Senate
• Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-32)
• Steven Tolman (D-34)

House of Representatives
• Gloria Fox (D-130)
• Byron Rushing (D-132)
• Jeffrey Sanchez (D-138)

Bruce Hanington

I, Bruce Hanington, of Forest Hills (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

I am particularly in support of "design standards to guarantee inclusion, sustainability, safety, and quality in the experiences of the human remade world; and policy as designed to address design’s role in making American democratic values tangible to the People."

Design initiatives have proven effective in other countries (S. Korea; UK), and should be embraced here as a matter of promoting innovation, human endeavor, and economic and social good.

Senators Arlen Specter (R) and Robert Casey (D) and U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D) are my Congressional representatives.

Susanne Schnell

I, Susanne Schnell, of Chicago, Illinois, offer my full support for the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and Redesigning America's Future ten design policy proposals.

We need to consider the benefits of a 21st century design policy in all of its forms and the role of design in improving innumerable aspects of our lives. The proposed U.S. National Design Policy Initiative has tremendous potential to encourage greater investment in design innovation and to create a highly collaborative, cross-sector dialogue about how to advance research and practice in many design fields to support broad national policy objectives.

Design is a pervasive and legitimate part of our society and our lives, and it influences our economy, culture, and social history.

By addressing design concerns through a comprehensive and cohesive policy framework, the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative will add an important voice on issues of economic competitiveness and environmental and social equity. We need to formalize a process of design policymaking and to establish a stable source of funds to support this work.

Federal policymakers, elected officials at all levels, and the general public need to better understand design’s many benefits and its essential place in the policymaking dialogue. Re-establishing the Presidential Design Awards would be an exciting way to elevate model design accomplishments and promote greater national visibility of new design thinking and applications.

Senators Richard Durbin (D) and Roland Burris (D) and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky are my Congressional representatives.

Martha Scotford

I, Martha Scotford, of Durham, N.C., support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Senators Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D) and U.S. Representative David Price of the N.C. 4th District are my Congressional representatives.

This initiative uses different ways of thinking about the critical issues that confront us, and different strategies and tactics for addressing them.

As a design teacher, it would be thrilling to be able to show students that design is engaged in solving problems at the very pinnacle of political and economic power.

skipperchong

I, Skipper Chong Warson, Austin TX, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

What better way to leverage brain power in this country than through design work (print, web and beyond) and fuel our domestic economic transformation from consumers to producers, thereby creating a sustainable future.

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) and John Cornyn (R) and U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D) are my Congressional representatives. I have contacted them to make them aware of my support for this initiative.

Rebecca Tegtmeyer

I, Rebecca Tegtmeyer, of Raleigh, N.C., support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Senators Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D) and U.S. Representative David Price of the N.C. 4th District are my Congressional representatives.

This initiative is critical in shaping our country's future. Design should be seen as a means to address the numerous issues we face.

Drew Hammond

I, Andrew Hammond, Indianapolis IN, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

As a young person, I am very concerned with the nation's economic future. I believe that the importance of these proposals cannot be overstated if we are at all concerned with America's future.

Representative Andre Carson of the 7th district and Senators Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh are my congressional representatives.

Jack L. Moffett

I, Jack Moffett, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, fully support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future policy proposals.

I have over ten years in the field of Interaction Design. I have used design processes and techniques to solve wicked problems for major companies around the globe. Design thinking does have the potential to positively impact our society. The design community was overwhelmingly supportive of Barack Obama's campaign because we believe he represents an opportunity for real change. Design can be a powerful tool for not just bringing about change, but ensuring it is the right change.

Senators Bob Casey (D) and Arlen Specter (R) and U.S. Representative Jason Altmire are my Congressional representatives.

The U.S. National Design Policy Initiative has my full endorsement.

Liya Zheng

I, Liya Zheng, of New York, New York, give my full support for the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future: ten policy proposals.

I apply my skills in design to help for profit organizations to re-imagine their future. If human-based innovation is helping companies compete in this global market; when employed to solve social problem, it should be equally effective. There are evidence in our European counterparts that design thinking can greatly augment the positivity of government's policies on people's daily lives.

My Senators are Mrs Hillary Rodman Clinton & Charles E Schumer. I intend to write to them to express my full endorsement of this initiative.

Adam Kallish

I, Adam Kallish of Oak Park, Illinois, endorse the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

American design needs to become more accountable through directed engagement within governmental initiatives and structures. Several countries have histories of design councils, to varying levels of success in linking design, commerce and government activities.

Creation of an Assistant Secretary for Design and Innovation position within the Department of Commerce to promote design could be a good way to have accountability and clear goals. Design is an applied art in the service of economic systems and a better quality of life for citizens.

One area I do not see that is critical is improving digital systems and creating citizen-centered digital experiences through clear and informative governmental websites. This is not unlike what Marcia Lausen has attempted to do for clearer voting systems, but on a much larger scale.

My Senators are Richard Durbin (D) and Roland Burris (D). My Representative is Danny Davis (D).

Stacie Rohrbach

I, Stacie Rohrbach, of Pittsburgh, PA, offer my full support for the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

As a design educator, I believe that the design thinking that is championed in this initiative has the power to improve the ways that we, as Americans, work—both nationally and internationally. The U.S. government is at critical point in history. I believe their support for this initiative would prove to be a positive first step in the recovery of the problems that our nation faces.

Senator Arlen Specter (R), Senator Robert Casey (D), and Representative Timothy Murphy are my Congressional representatives.

Joseph Schwartz

I, Joseph Schwartz of Spotswood, New Jersey fully support the proposals in the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative.

As a professional graphic designer for over 20 years and as a K-12 Design Educator at Spotswood High School, I am constantly touting the importance of design in current and future business practices. I believe that a successful Design Policy will be one of the positive driving forces of our economy for at least the next generation.

If I can suggest, the only item that I found lacking in the Policy was a plan to support Design Education in K-12 schools and at the college level.

K-12 schools are where the seeds of an interest in design are sown; without a written mandate to include Design Education in K-12 curricula or to at least provide guidelines to include it as an available tool for educators, there is little motivation for them to think about the future of our students. Design Education is about all of our futures - we are all tied into its success. Without support for our educators and our students, the initiatives written here will have no one to carry them out. Who will fulfill the promise of this document if no one is aware of what design is, how it helps us all and why it is as necessary to our futures as a firm economic policy is?

As for college design programs, these may just be the thinktanks we need to take design way into the future. Just as many technological successes have been discovered in the free-thinking environs of college labs, so will the next levels of design. Without support from the government, innovations in how we live and interact with our environment will be slow to come and hampered by corporate number crunchers only intent on profits and returns on investment - not the ideal situation for true research.

Senators Lautenberg and Menendez and Representative Holt are my Congressional representatives. I urge them and all members of Congress to support this Design Policy Initiative and to not forget that our children will pave the way for the future of design as proposed within these pages.

Adrienne Dye

I, Adrienne Dye, of Indianapolis, IN, completely support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Senators Richard Lugar (R) and Evan Bayh (D) and U.S. Representative Andre Carson of the Indiana 7th District are my Congressional representatives.

As a current MFA student studying the transformative power of design, it is remiss of us, as a society, to have let our nation go on for so long without a clear, people-centered strategy.

The U.S. National Design Policy Initiative has my full endorsement.

William Drenttel

I, William Drenttel, of Falls Village, Connecticut, offer my full support for the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

As a design leader working on projects around the world, it is time for the U.S. government to embrace the kind of thinking and innovation which is leading to progress in other countries. This initiative fosters the kind of design thinking and strategy that can affect the competitiveness of U.S. business, the effectiveness of our government, and communications among our citizens.

I believe the Obama Administration and Congress should move on these proposals immediately as part of the U.S.'s economic and democratic recovery.

Senator Christopher Dodd (D), Senator Joseph Lieberman (I), and Representative Chris Murphy (D) of the Connecticut 5th District are my Congressional representatives.

The U.S. National Design Policy Initiative has my full endorsement.

Peter Coppin

Many of the problems that our country faces are related to the interconnectedness between issues that previously seemed disconnected. As many have said, the deficit, dependence on fossil fuels, our wars, the economy, housing, education, and healthcare are all interrelated. Design is one of the few disciplines oriented toward looking at products, services, and beyond from a point of view that addresses the "panoramic" nature of the situation. Thus, I support this national effort focused around design and the priorities listed.

I am a US Citizen currently abroad, but my home is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

My representatives there are Jay Costa (Senate) and Dan Frankel (House of Representatives).

As some say, a design problem is also a design opportunity. I look forward to an opportunity to work with everyone to design a way forward.

Peter Coppin

Pamela Napier

I, Pamela Napier, of Indianapolis, IN, whole-heartedly support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Senators Richard Lugar (R) and Evan Bayh (D) and U.S. Representative Andre Carson of the Indiana 7th District are my Congressional representatives.

Design is a transformative force in our culture and society that offers strategic process, innovative methodologies, and allows people of all disciplines to collaboratively work towards shared visions and goals.

With design, we can turn challenges into opportunities, create meaningful solutions, and instill values of social responsibility, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity into the decisions that we make.

The U.S. National Design Policy Initiative has my full endorsement.

Tony Fugolo

I, Tony Fugolo of Durham, North Carolina, wholly endorse the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Perseverance will not be enough to lead us through this turbulent and potentially crippling economic climate. There is no historical parallelism to draw on for guidance. We must now believe in our own ingenuity to endure as a superpower. Design will be instrumental in creating successful strategies to achieve our goals.

Now it is critical that a leadership position within the government is immediately established to see this and future initiatives through. Please create an Assistant Secretary for Design and Innovation within the Department of Commerce.

Senators Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D) and U.S. Representative David Price of the N.C. 4th District are my Congressional representatives.

Kay Burnett

I, Kay Burnett, of Chicago, Illinois, fully and enthusiastically support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Design thinking and design practice promote human interaction with products, services, environments and experiences bringing a strong competitive advantage to the full exploitation of the design process. I strongly encourage the Obama Administration and Congress to act upon these recommendations immediately.

My Senators are Richard Durbin (D) and Roland Burris (D). My Representative is Danny Davis (D).


Marshall Jones

I, Marshall Jones of Indianapolis, Indiana, fully endorse the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Senators Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh and U.S. Representative Andre Carson of the Indiana 7th District are my Congressional representatives.

Seeing that design is the discovery of problems and the strategic development and implementation of solutions, I find it unreasonable that the United States Government has not held its importance in higher esteem. I support this initiative because I feel that the United States has shown throughout its history that it is made up of great problem solvers and a U.S. National Design Policy would serve to foster this problem-solving spirit to bring about real change.

Ian Goode

I, Ian Goode, of San Francisco, California, offer my full support for the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and Redesigning America's Future ten design policy proposals.

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) and Barbara Boxer (D) and U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D) of the California 8th District are my Congressional representatives.

There is no denying that the incoming administration has some very large shoes to fill. I feel that they have more of their finger on the heartbeat of what needs to be done and a unified way of delivering ideas will be so helpful in ushering along change. I look forward to the days ahead.

The U.S. National Design Policy Initiative has my full endorsement.

Scott Chance

My name is Scott Chance, and I enthusiastically endorse the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative.

The importance of design in a well-functioning society is already ubiquitous, though not fully acknowledged. Design is, at its core, the recognition of and solution to specific problems. Design thinking (read: innovation) can be utilized to empower our nation in a time when innovative solutions are required to keep America competitive in the emerging New Energy economy. I believe a comprehensive national design policy can make the difference between success and failure for the U.S. in the 21st century.

I am a full-time resident of Lafayette, Colorado. My senators are Ken Salazar and Mark Udall, and my representative in Congress is Jared Polis.

Mitchell Lubbers

I, Mitchell Lubbers, support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative, and the Ten Policy Proposals. Through design, we can focus on environmental, economic, and social issues that have been neglected for quite some time now. Design is not an accessory, rather it is a holistic answer to problems that we already face.

My Congressional representatives are Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell, and U.S. Representative Jim McDermott.

Youngbok Hong

I, Youngbok Hong, of Indianapolis, IN, offer my full support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Senators Richard Lugar (R) and Evan Bayh (D) and U.S. Representative Dan Burton of the Indiana 5th District are my Congressional representatives.

It is a time to reframe the issues that surround us. Approaching Design as a social application, I found that Invisible features embedded in designing (e.g., creative thinking, visualization and humane approaches to problem solving) work as an alternative approach to generate solutions for diverse social problems.

Laurie Churchman

I, Laurie Churchman, from Philadelphia, PA enthusiastically support the proposed US National Design Policy Initiative. At this important and welcome time of change in our nation, a clear design strategy is critical.

Arlen Specter and Richard Casey are my senators and Chaka Fattah is my representative.

Santiago Piedrafita

I, Santiago Piedrafita, from Raleigh, N.C., enthusiastically support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

There are innumerable compelling economic, social and ecological reasons for the country to embrace and support an innovative design agenda; among them, a responsible, sustainable future.

Senators Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D) and U.S. Representative David Price of the N.C. 4th District are my Congressional representatives.

Marty Lane

I, Martha (Marty) Lane, offer my full support for the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Senators Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D) and U.S. Representative Bob Etheridge of the N.C. 2nd District are my Congressional representatives.

The incoming administration has some serious problems to address. The incorporation of design thinking can assist in framing those problems and allow for their holistic nature to be revealed and hopefully addressed.

Raleigh, NC

Aaron Walser

I, J. Aaron Walser, of Fairfax County,Commonwealth of Virginia, offer my unwavering support for the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

I feel that new Congress and the Obama Administration should move on these proposals immediately as part of the U.S.'s economic and democratic recovery.

My Senators are James Web (D) and Mark Warner (D)

The U.S. National Design Policy Initiative has my full endorsement.

Anne Burdick

I, Anne Burdick, of Los Angeles, California, wholeheartedly support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America's Future ten policy proposals.

Every object, experience, and communication is designed. Therefore it's inconceivable that the design of our world would not be an integral part of the crucial decisions being made about our future. I strongly encourage the Obama Administration and Congress to act upon these recommendations immediately.

My Senators are Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. My Representative is Xavier Becerra.

James G Grady, AIA

I support the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and the Redesigning America’s Future ten design policy proposals. We need the support of our government in advancing design research to achieve a competitive and green future.

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