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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.

DESIS China Spring Festival 2014

DESIS China is glad to announce the Spring Festival, a series of initiatives organized by Jiangnan DESIS Lab in the framework of Re-design Education Conference at Jiangnan University.

The Design Society Research Conference, DRS 2014

With the aim of fostering and supporting a shared design discourse, the Design Society Research Conference, DRS 2014 will be held in Umea, Sweden, June 16-19. The contributions and issues raised by the DESIS thematic clusters including Informal, Formal, Collaborative (IFC) and Public and Collaborative (P&C) will be the focus of one of the “conversations” of the conference, a new presentation format for dialogue and debate curated by Carl di Salvo and Jamer Hunt.

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