A few days ago, the Hong Kong Design Centre sadly announced the cancellation of this year’s Business of Design Week Summit due to the ongoing protests, suggesting that at present, Hong Kong might not be safe. But which is currently the safest country in the world? A new Global Law and Order report released by Gallup this week has the answer. The survey, aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16 (UNSDG16) ranks Singapore, Tajikistan, the UAE and Norway as the safest countries, and Venezuela and Afghanistan as the least safe.
In recent years, social and safety issues have been addressed by designers and researchers as well, from Forensic Architecture’s investigations into cases of human rights violations to Turquoise Mountain’s regeneration projects for communities affected by war and social isolation.
In the UK, fashion designer Bethany Williams, one of the finalists for the AFFAs 2020 Material Evolution Award, creates her collections in collaborations with charities and communities. Her lines include Breadline, developed with the Vauxhall Food Bank and Tesco to address the hidden hunger in Britain, and Women of Change, designed with female prisoners and women in rehabilitation programmes.
Although The Gallup survey suggests a worsening situation in some areas of the world, one hopes that more initiatives from the creative sector will contribute to improving the situation by 2030, which is the UNSDG16 target date.