24 May / 14:00 - 16:30 / WDCD & Openbaar Ministerie

No Minor Thing

the What Design Can Do Challenge to combat sexual exploitation of children

Hosted by WDCD & Public Prosecutor’s Office

What can designers do to help combat the sexual exploitation of children? This is the question posed by What Design Can Do (WDCD) in collaboration with the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) and the Ministry of Justice & Security in a new, invitation-only challenge for twelve design teams and one design school.

To kick off this challenge the problem of sexual exploitation of children will be discussed in a plenary programme, together with the participating designers, public prosecutors, experts, and victims. It is estimated that the sexual exploitation of children affects some 1,300 children annually here in the Netherlands. It is a largely hidden problem that is difficult to combat.

The programme in the theatre hall of De Balie consists of several stage presentations looking at the problem from different perspectives. To start the ideation process, the public is welcome to participate in the dialogue that closes the programme and leave their ideas, suggestions and questions on a post-it wall. These will be used to kick-off the subsequent design jam with the designers participating in the challenge.

This session will give you an idea of the ways in which a relatively abstract social problem can be turned into a concrete set of creative challenges. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how designers can work together with in this case police officers, social workers and the Public Prosecutor’s Office to find instantly applicable solutions that help combat the sexual exploitation of children.


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