We at BETTER FUTURE are on a mission to restore hope and as such are looking for an inspired group of empowered change agents to help us out and accelerate us into a Better Future faster. Designers sit at an interesting crossroads here - their capacity to seek out problems and solve unmet needs put them in the hot seat to action change.

The BETTER FUTURE Award Programs provide a global platform to shine the spotlight on the design talent of those who are often hidden in the shadows. These are the design minds that offer greater depth and a fast-track to the future. Over the next 12 months we will be working to Elevate these talented designers and at the same time inspire the market to realise there is hope, there are solutions, and there is a bigger, brighter, and Better Future ahead.

How does it work?
The activation for Elevate has three elements: the Leaders, Participants and Supporters

Leaders are a select group of local design leaders chosen from the BETTER FUTURE Exec Club to represent each market and provide their support to nurture and mentor local talent into the Award Programs.

Participants will be invited into the program by the leaders. Participants will receive a supported awards nomination, mentoring, introductions and an exclusive VIP reception invitation to help build their reputation and connections. 

Supporters are engaged to help ‘pump it up’. We have taken ideas from some of the best pay-it-forward models and will be matching Elevate Support contributions dollar-for-dollar. Here you are given the opportunity to help us reach our target of 50 Elevated Design Projects or Initiatives. You can pump at a Silver, Gold, or Platinum level, which will place your brand, your studio, and your support front and centre at the Awards Presentation, in all communications, and of course give you priority access to the fresh talent.

Hong Kong Elevate Program
HKG Curators – Mark BerginCatherine Shaw
HKG Leaders  –  Andrew MeadStephen LukJulie MonkBob NevilleBetsy SweatMichael Tam

LON Elevate Program
LON Curators - Mark Bergin, William Knight
LON Leaders - Kirsty Dias, Christine Losecaat. Gurvinder Khurana, John Mathers, Martha McNaughton, Phil Nutley, Jordan Wade 

NYC Elevate Program
NYC Curators - Mark BerginRonnie Peters
NYC Leaders - Ric Bell, Dan Formosa, Melissa Cullens, Julie Monk, Harry West, Bill Dowser, Sean Rhodes, Karin Soukup, Brian Collins

PAR Elevate Program
PAR Curators - Mark BerginWilliam Knight
PAR Leaders - Ariane Prin, Michael Malapert, Arthur Mamou-Mani, Pierre Ospina

BER Elevate Program
BER Curators - Mark BerginWilliam Knight
BER Leaders - Loïc Sattler, Victoria Gisborne-Land