Rise and Design: Designed for Good

Recording from 9th July 2021

Watch the Recording of the Event HERE

Our primary aim might be to 'increase the impact of design on the economy', but sometimes it's more important than that. Sometimes people create amazing things because they want to make the world just a little bit better.

And we applaud them for it.

So this event featured people and organisations who are creating products and services to improve lives around the world, and sharing the passion and determination that's kept them going.

Speakers included -

Chris Nutman, Global Teacher.

Chris has created a platform to provide learning materials and opportunities to anyone, anywhere, and is on a mission to reach one million marginalised students by 2025. Chris will talk about his journey so far, and where he hopes to get to, including the development of POD, his solar powered projector that can turn any indoor space into a classroom or lecture theatre.

Dave Bell, Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade have been saving lives along the coast since 1864, and were in fact the first brigade of their type in the world. As a local independent charity, they rely entirely on donations to continue their much needed work, which have suffered hugely during the COVID 19 pandemic. Dave will be telling us about the history of the Life Brigade, and their upcoming design challenge, where they're enlisting the help of local designers and manufacturers to create products that will raise both money and profile for the Brigade.

Bill Atkinson, USEL

USEL is Northern Ireland’s largest supporter of people with disabilities or health conditions into employment and operates a social enterprise business model. Their business units include manufacture of products for the emergency services, mattresses and bedding, recycling of carpets and mattresses, shredding of confidential documents and hardware, as well as operating three coffee shops. Bill will share their amazing success story, and the principles that have guided them to doubling turnover in the last five years.

Dan Riley, Spearhead Interactive


Supply Chain North East sees four key partners joining forces to work with over 800 businesses between 2018-2021 supporting businesses to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Growth Hub, Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC). Supply Chain North East is receiving up to £3,148,514 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.