We are DSGN, a new project pioneered by an international network of student designers and social communities. Since 2010, alongside our sister organisation, our family have brought creative students from across 45+ international countries together, labouring with love on architecture, design, art, film, photography, and media projects at our annual workshops. Together we facilitate dialogue between fresh, young, designers; a global network we call home.
We host annual Creative Lab(oratories) as an educational response to serious global issues. This is an opportunity for human beings to learn from one another; work together on big projects, share experiences, and develop as individuals. Our first major workshop is located in Pejarakan, a village in the northwestern region of Bali- nestled between mountains and the sea. It is quickly becoming a favoured tourist destination, with resorts already taking advantage of popular snorkelling locations and easy access to neighbouring islands. Despite this, the inhabitants are often from struggling families and live on the poverty line.
For 4 weeks in early 2019, up to 50 students from across Europe and beyond will converge on Bali. Joining forces with the local Five Pillar Foundation, we will cater to growing pressure on local ecology by building a self-sustaining Innovation Hub and scheme to educate Balinese youth on environmental and economic security.
“This Innovation Hub will overcome a shortage of education and knowledge in the local community. A lack of social collaboration has meant there are many jobless people. The future development of Bali will come through re-connecting with our local culture and our environment. This project will be like a communal space (“Banjar” in Balinese) or co-working space where we will re-learn and take back our culture. It will become an important Cultural Education spot for the global community who visit Bali, so they can learn more about the local culture and community life.”
Wira– Five Pillar Foundation Co-Founder
DSGN are delighted to unveil the winner, and shortlist, of our recent Innovation Hub Competition! Click the images to see full submission…
HUBBALI | Hanna Haczek & Ewelina Andrecka
Central Point | Annalena Henssen
The Stage In-Between | Liang Shui
Joglo Hub | Eun Woo Jung & Mickael Minghëtti
Circle of Life | Olja Stefanovska & Melda Yolaçan
Collaborating with DSGN couldn’t be easier! Whether you are a student, recent graduate, entrepreneur, business owner, or just have an adventurous itch, there are many ways you can be involved;
Support us- by simply endorsing our program to sponsoring us with funding, you can enjoy a variety of returns; from global media coverage, opportunities to guest speak, physical representation, access to our network, and unique experiences with our partners. For more details download our DSGN Sponsor Pack!
Become an organiser- help behind the scenes to get our workshops ready, find the perfect Lab Partners, and connect with DSGNers worldwide.
Help spread the word- get a hold of our Press Pack and let the world know about our Lab mission; with digital media, presentations and much more!
Escape to Bali- volunteer or intern with our partners, Five Pillar Foundation, and grow the social movement of DSGN thinking at grass-roots level!
Contact us to hear about our Internship opportunities starting in 2018!
DSGN has just returned from Bali, and is preparing for the year ahead as our 2019 workshop approaches!
Excited? So are we! See what awaits you here. Welcome to Bali …
Wira, in Balinese, means ‘Hero’ and, as the visionary behind our workshop, Wiraguna is living up to his name. Hit play and take a journey with Quin and Wira to see the communities you will directly impact as a DSGNer!
If Wira can do it, we can do it!
For more information about what we do, how to get involved, or just to have a chat, send us a message below!