TALKOOT* 2019 JAN 25-27

Designing for Children
integrating children’s rights into design & business process
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Join us in integrating children’s rights** into design and business processes

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*Talkoot is a Finnish expression for a gathering of friends and neighbours to accomplish a task. […] The task of the talkoot may be something that is a common concern for the good of the group or it may be to help someone with a task that exceeds his or her own capacity.” (Wikipedia)

**U.N. declaration of children’s rights considers everyone between 0-18 years as children

The technological and new media innovations have provided children new opportunities to express themselves, new ways to play, share and communicate, and new possibilities to access information to learn – opportunities that we could only have dreamt of before.

However, the great benefits have accompanied a potential for harm. Children are facing a number of risks that may compromise their rights and well-being through:

  • exposure of age-inappropriate content,
  • age-inappropriate conduct or level of information,
  • violation of privacy and personal data,
  • online bullying,
  • discrimination, and
  • potential effects of excessive use of devices and digital content.

Although we are all still learning about the potential effects of technology on children and our societies, it is time to take the next step. We must begin to integrate consideration for the children’s rights into business design and development practices. It is imperative that we harness the vast potential of technology and new media for the greatest benefit of both children and businesses.

In Talkoot* 2018 we gathered as an international community of 70+ experts to address these issues. Over the weekend out community created the first version of Designing for Children’s Rights Guide that integrates U.N. children’s rights into design practices. In Talkoot* 2019 our goal is to extend our existing Design Guide with business design, and explore how could we together make the D4CR guidelines valuable, perhaps even critical from a business perspective. During the upcoming Talkoot* 2019, we will gather to explore solutions for business models and practices that respect and support children’s rights and build methods for implementing the guidelines into organisational and business development processes.


A weekend-long event of inspiration, discussion and hands-on work, for a better future for children. The event will take place January 25-27  in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Designit office, Bygmestervej 61.


UPDATE: the application period is now closed. We will film the talks and upload them to our youtube channel after the event. Subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page to get the link delivered to your inbox.


The design and business community has the power to create the products and services that respect Children’s Rights. Together we can question the status quo, encourage responsible business conduct and ensure that child rights considerations are embedded in the design and development processes.

How might we empower businesses to apply the Designing for Children’s Rights in their products and services, and learn how to gradually integrate the children’s rights into their core practice?

We want to bring the design and business community together to discover the key opportunities, challenges and needs for support when moving towards the inclusion of children’s rights in their practices. Throughout this weekend we will search for solutions and ideate how to integrate these considerations into the business and design processes.


We will together explore solutions for business models and practices, that will respect and support children’s rights, and further ideate methods for integrating the children’s rights with D4CR guidelines into organisational and business development processes.

First, we aim to extend the existing Designing for Children’s Rights Guide with business design and explore how could we together make the children’s rights valuable and even essential for businesses.

Secondly, we want to empower the design and business community on the subject of children’s rights through creation of hands-on tools that help to propel the integration process with daily work, business processes and organizations.

The results of the Talkoot 2019 will be published in the Designing for Children’s Rights Guide, which is available online for the global design and business community and for any other interested parties to use and share.


We will be working in two separate tracks – one from design perspective and another one from strategy and business perspective, overall exploring 4 different themes:


This track will be dedicated to developing the D4CR Guide further. Our existing guidelines still need more fine tuned design tools, and specifically business design tools that will help to connect our design methods with business needs and processes.

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Developing the existing D4CR design tools to grow into instantly accessible, useful and empowering for designers.

  • How can we enable designers to use the D4CR guidelines better, or more from a bottom-up mindset?
  • How can we promote, or empower designers to promote the D4CR guidelines in internal processes and daily work?
  • How can we make the D4CR guidelines as accessible as… coffee?
  • What kind of methods are we missing from the D4CR guidelines?
  • How might we improve the current D4CR guidelines?

Creating new tools for enabling businesses to integrate children’s rights into their processes and decisions. This may include extending the D4CR Guidelines.

  • How to even think about children’s rights in business design?
  • What business design tools would help in designing for the child’s best interest?
  • How can we make the D4CR guidelines as accessible as coffee for businesses?
  • What methods would help a business designer to connect the D4CR guidelines with their daily life, and the existing business processes and practices?


This track will be dedicated to making children’s rights valuable and critical for businesses by answering the question “why would you as a company follow the D4CR guidelines?”. We will work together to create value propositions, ways to measure impact and ways to overcome the existing barriers.

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Develop value propositions of D4CR for different stakeholders in an organisation; KPIs and validation

  • How can we create design and business KPIs for children’s rights?
  • How can businesses validate ethical decisions on implementing children’s rights in their processes with the D4CR guidelines?
  • How would a clear value proposition look for the different target groups? (C-level leaders, business leaders, product owners, product development, etc.)

Explore possible paths of collaboration with businesses for D4CR guide’s development

  • What are current barriers in businesses when it comes to implementation of children’s rights?
  • What are the solutions for the known barriers?
  • How can we develop and test the guide and its relevance to organisations and business?
  • How can we empower internal and external professionals to use the D4CR guidelines in their daily work and become Designing for Children’s Rights ambassadors?


Friday Jan 25 – Intro and Talks
Inspirational speakers setting the stage for the next two days.

Saturday Jan 26th – Workshop day
Four parallel workshops. Co-creation of ideas, concepts and solutions.

Sunday Jan 27th – Finalising and presentations
Working time and presentations to all other teams, and final celebrations.

The outcomes will be shared later online in the D4CR Guide.



Designit Office, Bygmestervej 61, Copenhagen


October 28th – announcement and application process opens

DEADLINE EXTENDED: November 20th 30th – application process closes

December 9th – notifications on the applications December 20th – reserve your spot

December 22nd – notifications on the waiting list applications

January 6th – final reservations from the waiting list

January 25-27th – Talkoot 2019 in Copenhagen


Due to our small team, we will not be able to share live-streaming this year. However, the talks and presentations from Talkoot 2019 will be filmed and uploaded after the event here.


Subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page, and the link to the videos and other information about our activities will be delivered to your inbox after the event.