Design Exchange and UNDP partner to enlighten the world on the power of design thinking

Sep 15, 2017

The first ever EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology will offer design solutions to advance the global sustainable development agenda

Toronto, Canada – Canada’s first and only design museum, Design Exchange (DX), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced an unparalleled collaboration to  showcase design’s critical role in bringing innovative solutions to life. EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology is a 10-day biennial expo-meets-festival that will be taking over Toronto from September 28 - October 8, 2017. The first of its kind in Canada, EDIT will boast over 150,000 square feet of revolutionary and completely immersive exhibits and installations from across the globe. Hosted at East Harbour (formerly Unilever soap factory), EDIT will expose a mass audience to the  innovations that are solving the world’s grand challenges, while simultaneously shifting the human perception of design.

The concept came to life when Shauna Levy, President & CEO of DX, watched “We the People” – a video about the UNDP’s 17 Goals for Sustainable Development. The goals inspired Levy’s desire to share with the world how design could play a significant role in addressing these challenges. EDIT’s overarching theme of
“Prosperity for All” will be brought to life through an exhibition by globally renowned designer Bruce Mau, founder of the Massive Change Network. Mau will be joined by leading cultural thinkers from across the globe who will develop exhibitions divided into the four pillars of Shelter/Cities, Nourish, Care and Educate.

“The Global Goals can only be achieved if we all work together and concentrate our efforts on this very ambitious plan to change the world,” stated Mila Rosenthal, UNDP Director of Communications. “EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology will bring together people from all over who will take action to make the Goals a reality. Design can be a powerful ally in the fight against poverty, injustice, war and climate change.  UNDP is happy to partner with these creative new initiatives for long-lasting impact.”

“The purpose of EDIT and the Design Exchange as a whole is to increase the accessibility and understanding of design,” says Shauna Levy. “People assume that design stops at fashion and interiors, when in reality it’s so much more. We hope that by sharing innovative ideas and projects, we can inspire a new way of thinking about design – that is, as a doorway to a better future for all people.”


About UNDP
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, it offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

About EDIT
Change the world by design. EDIT is a 150,000-square-foot immersive experience that envisions a world transformed by unparalleled design, innovation and technology solutions. Produced by Design Exchange, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this groundbreaking inaugural festival
will ignite conversations through an array of curated exhibits, compelling talks, and inspiring installations. Inviting some 100,000 visitors to East Harbour (formerly Unilever soap factory) located next to Toronto's Port Lands, EDIT challenges visitors and participants to consider how we can make the world a better place.
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Media accreditation is officially open for EDIT. To attend and cover the expo, all members of the media must be accredited prior to September 28, 2017. To apply, media must send an email with their name, affiliation, telephone number and planned coverage to by  September 15, 2017.

Media Contact
For interviews, images and additional information surrounding EDIT, contact Faulhaber Communications:
Lexi Pathak, 416.504.0786 x 227
Jackie Pare, 416.504.0786 x 249

Sponsorship Contact
Laura Levy,, 647.643.6037

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