by Virginia Tassinari
The DESIS Philosophy Talk is a new initiative proposed by DESIS in order to enhance the dialogue between practice & theory on the crossroads between philosophy and design. The idea is to match the practical issues and topics emerging from the design practice in the field of social innovation around the world with insights coming from the philosophical tradition. Several topics (e.g. beauty, public, community, ....) usually linked to the field of study of the social sciences and humanities, nowadays can be found - as seen through a kind of “phenomenological” lens - to emerge ever more frequently within the context of design for social innovation. The DESIS Philosophy Talks aim to match these topics and themes that mirror this design-driven attention to them to needs clearly present in contemporary society. By exploring them from a philosophical, theoretical perspective we believe these discussions can have a meaningful impact on design practice.
The DESIS Philosophy Talk provides a meeting ground between different topics, designers and theoreticians of specific areas to generate new value for the contemporary world. They are organized via DESIS Labs in collaboration with the team of DESIS International and local public partners (universities, institutions, etc). The results of the discussions are given back to the international community through several platforms, such as the DESIS Philosophy Talk website (www.desis-philosophytalks.org) which is currently under construction and other online platforms and publications. Discussion have been started currently on two different sets of topics: i.e. the topic of 'emerging aesthetics' and the notion of 'public and collaborative'.