Utmost changes in a globalized socio-economic and industrial context require an extended re-thinking in terms of new innovative business models and paradigms by the whole European manufacturing system. In this context, the language spoken by the stakeholders active in the field of Design should be more and more open to trans-sectorial and multi-disciplinary networks. The role currently played by design should therefore be investigated as added value for enterprises in a mosaic society characterized by a mixture between material and virtual resources.
With a population of approximately 1,22 millions inhabitants, Friuli Venezia Giulia is an autonomous region governed by a special act (since 1963). Located in North-Eastern Italy, it borders Austria in the north, Slovenia in the east, the Adriatic Sea in the south and Veneto in the west. The autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia is very active in the field of design since it hosts a plenty of courses (a) and events (b), showing a discrete presence of business operators (c) too. At this regard, in recent past the main Universities (Trieste and Udine) located in the Region hosted several courses on design. In regard to the event side, the city of Trieste hosts every year the International Talent Support – ITS, an international event which groups several stakeholders around a common platform for creative minds. Its aims are to offer visibility, support and voice to young talents from every corner of the world, giving young designers the chance to set their creativity free through financial opportunities, work placements and the chance to have their work shown to a jury made of real experts. In the framework of CEI (Central European Initiative), the 2016 edition of the International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea has been launched, with the aim of showcasing the most original design offerings from the countries of Central Eastern Europe. Collaboration was made among the Museum of Architecture and Design (Ljubljana), the Institute for Contemporary Art (Zagreb) and the Civico Museo di Storia Naturale (Trieste). The initiative envisages two major contests: "Design Waterline 2016" (deadline on the 15th July 2016) and "Squeeze it 2016" (deadline on the 10th September 2016). Moreover, in March 2016 took place the 5th edition of the so called Pordenone Design Week, a workshop aimed at fostering the link between education/academia and business/innovation (190 students / 40 professors and tutors / 3 countries involved). More information on: www.designxudine.org or via youtube by consulting the following links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=u9fo2JQ6TVo http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xulUftPV9xQ