1. We are in difficult and dangerous times. For many years, we lived in a world that, despite its problems, was nevertheless committed to principles of democracy in which human rights, fundamental freedoms, and opportunities for personal development, were increasing. Today, this picture has changed profoundly. There areattacks on democracy in several countries - including those where democracy had seemed to be unshakable.
2. Faced by these developments, we believe the design community should take astand, speak out, and act: practitioners, researchers, theorists, students, journalists,publishers and curators - all who are professionally involved in design-related activities. We do not have to share exactly the same idea of what democracy is: to defend it as a core value, it is enough to recognize the strong convergence between democracy and design in four respects:
(1) design of democracy - improving democratic processesand the institutions on which democracy is built;
(2) design for democracy - enabling more people to participate in the democratic process, especially through the use of technology;
(3) design in democracy - building access, openness and transparency into institutions in ways that assure equality and justice;
(4) design as democracy - the practise of participatory design so that diverse actors can shape our present and future worlds in fair and inclusive ways.