Creativity and innovation always stem from confrontation, from the integration and exceeding of new requirements: technical, economic, social, moral, societal... To innovate is to design solutions to address antagonisms that seem irreconcilable at first. Innovation often - if not always - entails a disruptive dimension, compelling us to step out of our old habits, our “comfort zones”. Overcoming these antagonisms is becoming crucial to address the major social, economic, environmental and geopolitical changes - global warming, economic mutations, inclusion - but also to change day-to-day life. Under the two-word banner “innovation” and “design”, the 39th meeting of urban agencies questions the resources of innovation - and particularly regional innovation - and how it can help foster local fulfilment and attractiveness, as well as providing a driver for resilience or rebound. The 39th meeting questions the different aspects of design and how nowadays experiments, process, tools and controversies around design call out, percolate and spread within the guidelines of regional projects and feed public policies. How can elected representatives andregional stakeholders be audacious in experimenting and steering innovation?
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