A look at the history that lead to this summit.
The Phoenix Design Summit is an event aimed at bringing designers and community experts together to use the creative problem solving techniques of design thinking to find solutions to social issues in Phoenix. Teams will spend 3 days working to solve problems related to sustainability, health, arts, democracy and education through a series of workshops and exercises that capitalize on the creative potential of the teams’ members.
This summit is an extension of the Aspen Design Summit, an event held since 2005, and part of a larger design event which has been meeting in Aspen since 1949. Similar to TED, the summit format is now being shared so that local-chapters of the AIGA can run events in their own cities. A pilot summit was held in Alabama in July 2011. (more info)
Phoenix is hosting the first satellite event organized exclusively by local members of the AIGA.
For some more general information about community-focused organizations Phoenix, please check out the Downtown Phoenix Journal Wiki