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2017 A Year of Change

2017 has ushered in a gale-force shift in global thinking. This is unsettling, destabilising and on many seismic levels, disturbing - no matter what side of perceptible divide you find yourself.

2017 has ushered in a gale-force shift in global thinking. This is unsettling, destabilising and on many seismic levels, disturbing - no matter what side of perceptible divide you find yourself. 
I am convinced that mounting problems are a consequence of exceptional displacement of familiar value systems, of confusing and isolating technological processes and platforms, of the loss of meaning and identity attendant on vanishing craft, industrial and manufacturing sectors and of an increasingly lopsided distribution of assets, wealth and ready access to education, truth and information. 

The solution does not lie in enterprise or politics. It may lie in revolution but this brings its own unthinkable impacts. 
I believe the answers lie in design.  Designers can forge paths, build bridges, weave nests. They draft strategy, sketch visions, implement plans.  They underwrite security, elevate craft and reinforce identity, redefining the direction - even perhaps the core mission - of mankind.  

We need to keep reaching out to you - the extraordinary design community of Ireland - to consider the power we have to transform and redirect the neural networks and mutating matrices of society.  To carve clear paths for all people, for a holistic politic, a safe planet, fair allocation of profit and underwriting our collective human purpose.
In building any organisation, the ability to flex and draw when circumstance demands is rooted in a collective spirit, a clear voice, solid foundations, good governance: a consolidated ethos of substance and integrity.

Over the last year, the Institute of Designers in Ireland has undergone profound restructuring.  It is now a fully incorporated company limited by guarantee, a non-profit entity, led by an executive board of directors, monitored and steered by a guardianship council, directed by its members. With this framework, the IDI has far more integrity and scope than ever before.
It took a lot longer than anticipated, so my own goals for my year at the helm only start now. We will attempt to achieve as much as possible from my original - now rather quaint - list of objectives until we pass the baton to the ever-more-capable president-elect Kim Mackenzie-Doyle, who is already showing us glints and glimpses of a pending eventful and splendid term.

Thank you for being a valued member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and please don't hesitate to join our numbers in charting our course, if you feel you have anything to contribute to our shared mandate as set out in our brand new constitution - 
we are consolidating, moderating, elevating and evolving design in Ireland. 
Please get in touch via info@idi-design.ie.


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george boyle,