Founder and CEO of Tahkokallio Design+

Päivi Tahkokallio is Founder and CEO of Tahkokallio Design+, a design thinking and strategic design agency from Lapland, Finland.

Päivi, with her track record on strategic and social design has been called ‘the mother of arctic design’. Creator of the brand for the Arctic Design Week, she helped the city of Rovaniemi to partner up with Helsinki, the World Design Capital in 2012, and was the catalyst in the inclusion of arctic design in the national Arctic Strategy of Finland. She is the chair of the Design Committee of the Lapland Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA, London).

‘Studies? Art and design history. Never worked as a historian, have used my knowledge of history to get a better grasp of the future instead’, she says.

The public sector in all European regions is facing new challenges due to i.e. digitalisation and ageing of population. This workshop aims at encouraging public sector actors, i.e. cities, to actively use design-thinking and a strategic design approach and methods to support effective and innovative problem solving. Eindhoven and Rovaniemi as European cities in their respective regions (Central Europe versus High North of Europe) have created two different design strategies to solve challenges through design and design thinking.