Dori Tunstall published a report about the need for a national design policy (in the US):
They go back to the '70s were:
"The best reasons for a U.S. National Design Policy were provided over 30 years
ago as part of the Federal Design Improvement Program (1972–1981). Initiated
by former National Endowment of the Arts director, Nancy Hanks, the First
Federal Design Assembly created ten principles of the Design Necessity:
1 There are sound, proven criteria for judging design effectiveness.
2 Design is an urgent requirement not a cosmetic addition.
3 Design can save money.
4 Design can save time.
5 Design enhances communication.
6 Design simplifies use, manufacture, and maintenance.
7 Design necessity is recognizably present in projects ranging in scale
and complexity from a postage stamp to a highway system.
8 The absence of design is a hazardous kind of design. Not to design
is to suffer the costly consequences of design by default.
9 On any given project, designers and Government officials have the
same basic goal: performance.
10 Effective design of public service is itself an essential public service.4Design necessity"
In the report, they link design strongly to economic vitality, sustainability, democracy through improved government communication AND design thinking in k-12 education.
This is a good reference for our society block.