Designing our futures

RSA Student Design Awards 2021 Keynote Address

Join us for this special event celebrating the 2020/21 RSA Student Design Awards programme and the power of design to make a positive social impact.

The 2021 SDA Keynote Address will be delivered by internationally renowned designer and social innovator, Jennie Winhall.



System innovation is the challenge of an age in which society needs to make profound transitions to meet the challenges brought by climate change, ageing, growing inequality and the future of work.

Jennie will talk about why we need radical creation to meet these challenges. Drawing on fifteen years of pioneering design for social good, she’ll show what designers can do to tackle complex social challenges and how design itself is changing to change systems.

Jennie is the founder of ALT/Now, a group of international collaborators leading practical programmes for system innovation, leads at the Rockwool Foundation in Denmark and is a member of The Point People. As a co-founder of Participle, she designed the new public services featured in Radical Help.

Join us to hear insights from Jennie’s design career at the forefront of movements such as Transformation Design – a journey that started in 1999, when, as a student at the Glasgow School of Art, she won an RSA Student Design Award.


Speaker: Jennie Winhall, social innovator and service designer

Chair: Rebecca Ford, Head of Collaboration and Learning Design, RSA

The event is finished.


Jun 29 2021


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

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