It's been 4 years now that the lille—design Business Club has been working to spread knowledge and a better understanding of design amongst economic players. Originally created as a think tank in 2014, today it offers 4 different proposals as well as a bespoke offer intended for all types of companies. Nonetheless, it remains a place for thought where we share best design practices, engage others in the design culture, and shed light on the subject through testimonials presented during our plenary sessions.

But time presses on. 2018 marks a new step paired with an ineluctable time constraint: directing the Club to the ambitious title of Lille Métropole, World Design Capital 2020. Over the two years prior to the celebration, it will be the opportunity, to benefit from design resources and to reveal design's contribution. By promoting meetings between designers and business executives, by multiplying dialogue and diversifying points of view, we will demonstrate that design, when incorporated in a company project, is a step towards progress. Closely linked to economic, social and environmental challenges, design encourages a holistic and deeply transformative approach: the company changes and can better anticipate change. The creative process is centered on use and so, everything becomes possibl

2018 will be a time to bring forth your needs and to build your possibilities. Beyond echoing these needs, the lille—design Business Club will be your support moving towards 2020. The Club also observes others elsewhere which is why this year we'll take advantage of planned visits and study trips in our region, in France, and abroad. As always, our aim is to better understand change so we can better support change.

Join us!

François Dutilleul, President of the lille—design Business CLub, wishes you a great year.