Why Democratic Capitalism Needs Design Thinking

2015 Aspen Ideas Festival

Roger Martin studies the future of democratic capitalism at the Martin Prosperity Institute. Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, which designs solutions to systemic challenges in education, health, financial inclusion and government. Together, they are examining new approaches to tackle decades of stagnation in US household income and rising income inequality. What are the structural underpinnings of democratic capitalism? What pragmatic steps might we take to make progress on complex challenges? Drawing from examples in social and business enterprise, this discussion will explore how design might unlock new ways to drive towards massive change.