SAMPLE X Design District

Curated by Hemingway Design
Saturday 18 Sep—Sunday 19 Sep
Bureau C3, Design District 13 Soames Walk London, SE10 0AX

Hosted in our new members club for creatives Bureau, SAMPLE in collaboration with Design District presents 4 inspiring talks with one-to-one interviews and lively panel debates focusing on creative freedom, culture, design and community.


COP26: Designers vs Climate Change – our power as a creative collective
Saturday 18th September - 1:00pm
With COP 26 on the horizon, we ask how designers can come together to tackle climate change. We discuss why the creative industries have the power to tackle difficult issues head-on, push boundaries and become a catalyst for real change.


Isabelle Landicho - The Earth Issue

Dr Lucy Kimbell - Director of the Social Design Institute at UAL Zena Edwards - Writer, poet, spoken word artist Get your tickets here.


No Progress without Design - Designing The Future Economy Saturday 18th September 3pm In 2019, the Design Council found that Design skills are worth £209 bn to the UK, and their value is growing at a faster rate than the wider UK economy. However, under investment and a lack of additional training puts the UK in danger of falling behind. How can the UK capitalise on this economic growth, and how can government and industry workers work together to put design and innovation at the heart of industrial skills and economic strategies?

Participants: Cat Drew - Chief Design Officer, Design Council

Andrew Sandoz - Chief Creative Officer, Deloitte

Gaëlle Le Gélard - Project Manager Circular Design at Ellen MacArthur Foundation  Get your tickets here.


The SDGs and Me – how can creative businesses support the UN sustainable development goals?

Sunday 19th September 1pm

The decade in front of us might just be the most important and consequential in human history. The UN has adopted a system of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. It’s all well and good to have 17 SDGs identified – but how can we put these into action in the creative industries, and make sure that we are leading in the force for good?

This session will explore the creative economy as a powerful tool to combat social inequalities and help build the sustainable, inclusive, and equitable societies that are essential for the future of our planet – offering practical advice to creative business owners to learn what we can all do in the everyday activities of our businesses to support the UN’s SDGs.

Participants: Sara Berkai -  Founder of Ambessa Play

Bea Sennewald - Director of Projects at Article 25  Get your tickets here.


You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone - When society lost culture Sunday 19th September 3pm

The Covid-19 pandemic dealt a terrible blow to the creative industries. Music and the performing arts, museums, galleries and libraries, film, TV and radio as well as designers, publishers and marketers all suffered tremendously. However, the creativity, versatility and resilience shown has been quite extraordinary - exhibitions, performances and festivals all moved online, and new audiences were able to engage with the arts. How can we harness this renewed appreciation for the arts, and help the creative industries continue to engage with new audiences and grow and innovate the industry, carving out a new place for the UK on the global stage? Participants:

Caroline Norbury - Chief Executive, Creative England

Jefferson Hack - Creative Director and co-founder of DAZED Media Get your tickets here.