Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Design Museum Foundation is developing the "Design Networking Hub", a contemporary knowledge and networking platform to support German-Kenyan cooperation projects in the field of design.
Practice-oriented source of information for the cultural and creative industries
As a digital knowledge and networking platform, the Design Networking Hub is intended to provide all essential information for the implementation of German-Kenyan cooperation projects, which include, for example, recorded lectures, handouts, videos, address and contact pools and best practice examples. Thus, a practice-oriented source of information for the cultural and creative industries of both countries has been established which connects designers / architects / creators from different disciplines and enables them to independently initiate and implement cooperation projects for the German or Kenyan market. Introducing different individual strengths, expertise and experience leads to mutual learning and unfolds great innovative potential. In addition, the platform serves to network German and Kenyan institutions from science, business, design and culture.
Exchange on an equal footing
An important concern of the Design Networking Hub is the exchange of ideas and information etc. on an equal footing, in which all participants learn from each other and develop together. Young designers and architects are enabled to bring business ideas / non-profit concepts to market in innovative, cross-border co-productions, or to transfer innovations / ideas to the other market.
To make the information offered by the Design Networking Hub as user-oriented as possible, a pilot group of five German and five Kenyan young designers / architects was recruited to work in small teams through the entire process of a bilateral cooperation project and jointly develop new product, business ideas or non-profit concepts in the fields of mobility, housing and digitalisation - from brainstorming, planning and implementation to financing and the consideration of necessary legal aspects. During a project phase of about one year, the young designers / architects will be intensively supported by the team of the Design Networking Hub. Digital events will be organised and on certain occasions participants will come together (if possible) in face-to-face sessions. The progress of the project will be documented on the website. In the end, a large digital store of knowledge will have been created that will motivate and enable more creative minds from Kenya and Germany to successfully implement (joint) projects.