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Unmaking Waste: Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place

Waste is created when we no longer value something we create, possess or use. Barriers to prematurely discarding goods and resources have steadily fallen in recent years. Easy credit, low prices, instant online access, and a 24 hour promotional media all reinforce an expanding consumerism.

While much effort has gone into researching and implementing successful technical strategies for reducing waste and emissions, accelerating rates of consumption are undermining these efforts. It is clear that we need new systems-based approaches to reduce this excess consumption, including the excesses of our ‘waste-making’, to generate a more sustainable circular economy.

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Four Weekends – Four Locations –Four Networking Events Parallel Crossings, Film festival for Social Innovations and Sustainability in Berlin From the 5th until the 28th of September

From the 5th until the 28th of September Parallel Crossings a unique Film Festival on Social Innovation and Sustainability is taking place in Berlin screening film productions which move around issues like gentrification, media activism, food, shifting cities and more.

DESIS has endorsed the initiative and will participate by screening short films produced at the interior of the DESIS Lab in Parsons NY and Pasadena, DesignMatters in California. The project developed by the IMAGIS group at Milan Polytechnic:
DESIS IN THE MIRROR will also be presented.

Call for paper: CUMULUS Milan 2015 Conference. The Virtuous Circle. June 3-7, 2015

Dear DESIS community,

we are pleased to announce that the call for paper of the conference ‘CUMULUS Milan 2015 - The Virtuous Circle. Design Culture and Experimentation’, is now open. We are planning several parallel initiatives for DESIS and therefore we warmly recommend a massive participation

Philosophy Talk: Cultures of Resilience: 18th September 2014, Cape Town

Resilience (i.e. system’s capacity to cope with stress and failures without collapsing and learning from the experience) is today a widely used and discussed term. Until now, this has been done considering mainly its technical, economic, functional dimensions. This kind of discussions is important, but is not enough. If resilience must be a characterizing feature of every potential future society, its cultural dimension must be considered too: which cultures are coherent with a resilient society? And, in turn, which cultures can promote a resilient and sustainable society? In particular: how do the meanings of time and future change? And what about the one of development?

DESIS Association general assembly

The next CUMULUS Conference in Johannesburg, on September 22-24 (http://www.cumulusjohannesburg.co.za), will be a very good opportunity to share and align our initiatives.

It will be also the opportunity for the first DESIS general Assembly on September 22 in the afternoon and for the first extensive debate around the on-going projects of the network, described using the new template which aim is to facilitate the emerge of transversal knowledge about what design can do for social innovation.

DESIS Association was born in 2014…

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Design for social innovation vs. social design

The notion of design for social innovation is frequently considered similar, if not coincident, with the one of social design

DESIS in the Mirror is online

DESIS in the Mirror is a project by DESIS Network and IMAGIS research group (Design Dep. – Politecnico di Milano).
Since July 2013 we recorded 13 on-line video-interviews all around the world about the production of moving images in the realm of social innovation (4 artists and filmmakers; 9 DESIS members) in order to:

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III European School of Social Innovation

The main objective of this year European School of Social Innovation is to offer a plural view about innovation and social innovation in the public sector.
The Summer School offers two points of view about this subject. On one hand, a conceptual perspective on this topic based on different approaches. On the other hand, the presentation of cases of different policies that seek to promote social innovation and innovation initiatives in the field of the public sector.
The purpose of the first day of the Summer School will be to draw an image of the main discourses on innovation and social innovation linked to public sector in the international scene.
The second day wishes to show some interesting cases of public innovation from the Basque Country and Spain. The purpose is to visualize the work done from different organizations in this field in order to raise awareness on the relevance of this subject and inspire actions to implement innovative processes in the public sphere.

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