Design, when everybody designs.

I will introduce here Design When Everybody Designs (MIT Press, 2015). If I dare to do it, it is because I wrote this book mainly for DESIS and the DESIS-like communities. And, most importantly, because it will not exist without DESIS.

SIMPACT Newsletter

SIMPACT - Social Innovation Economic Foundation Empowering People - is an
international project funded by the EU's 7th Framework Programme.
With its twelve partners from ten European countries is a research
collaboration that aims at understanding the economic foundation of social

DESIS Food Cluster

We are pleased to announce that the DESIS food cluster is now at the launch!



The Food Cluster is an initiative of DESIS Network that explores and promotes design knowledge for social innovation and sustainability in the food system. The cluster aims to highlight some transversal issues expressed in each project and, with this, propitiates further reflections and transversal knowledge.

DESIS Open Day @ Tongji Fablab

DESIS open day @ Tongji Fablab
Saturday, January 10th, 2015 / h.16-21
Projects Showcase + Open Discussion
(Digital) Social Innovation in China

Do you want to know more about design for social innovation?
Would like to share your projects or practices with a larger community?
Are you interested in participate to the Tongji DESIS Lab?

Call for submission - DESIS Showcase Hong Kong

Call for submission - DESIS Showcase Hong Kong

DESIS Showcase was originally an initiative of DESIS Network in collaboration with Cumulus Association in order to provide an overview of what is happening in the global design education in the field of social innovation and sustainability.

DESIS Philosophy Talk: Storytelling and design for social innovation #4

The idea of time in Western culture has been developed following an idea of
linearity: a run towards the future, characterized by faith in the idea of
progress. This concept of time informed our ideas of development, success,
society, and values. Nowadays society is registering a disruption from
within, where alternative ideas of time are emerging. This also has as a
consequence the reflection on meanings and values. Storytelling can play
therein a relevant role, as it can facilitate the awareness of the disruption
taking place in society and empower this shift, envisioning a narrative of the
future which is not linear but rather inspired by different ideas of time.

Unmaking Waste: Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place

Hosted by Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour, University of South Australia, Adelaide, May 21-24, 2015




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

Extended deadline for Submission of Full Papers: Monday, 24 November 2014


Dear DESIS community,


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?


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