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  • by Ezio Manzini
    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. That is, without the conversations I have had with several DESIS friends and colleagues and without the design knowledge they built with their projects and the collective reflections on them. Saying that, I do not mean that the whole DESIS community should share what this book proposes: the DESIS value is largely given by the variety ideas we can find in it. What this book aims to do is to work as platform for deeper discussions: a trigger and a facilitator for new generative conversations. That is, for the production of a new design culture.

  • by Anna Meroni
    Dear all, it’s a great pleasure to announce that DESIS has now become a cultural association, within the meaning of Art. 36 Italian Civil Code. The Art.1 of our new Statute affirms that our purpose “is to promote design for social innovation in higher education institutions with design discipline so as to generate useful design knowledge and to create meaningful social changes in collaboration with other stakeholders. The Association pursues its purpose by supporting the scientific research in the field of the design fostering and maintaining the exchange of scientific information and views among the members and with other institutions, exchange of scientists, promotion of young scientists (doctoral students) and use of existing research infrastructures.

DESIS Showcase @ the Cumulus Conference in Chile

The next Cumulus conference "Projecting design" will be hosted by Instituto Profesional DuocUC in Santiago (Chile) and will dedicate a day to Innovation and Sustainability (November 15th, 2012). Within this context a DESIS Showcase will be hosted in order to show different cases of social innovation in Latin America (November 15th 2012- to be confirmed).

DESIS Philosophy Talk #2.1: "Public and collaborative" From the welfare state to a partner state?

This event is an in-depth discussion of the notion of “public” in a context in which new forms of active and collaborative behaviors emerge. More precisely, it is based on the observation that contemporary social movements indicate the viability of a new relationship between citizens and the public realm: new socio-material assemblies where citizens and public agencies are engaged in a conversation on new services, their characteristics and in their practical production and delivery.

DESIS Philosophy Talk

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.

DESIS Public & Collaborative Seminar

On the 26th and 27th October 2012 DESIS, and in particular the DESIS initiative Public and Collaborative (P&C) will organize two Public and Collaborative Days at the Design Biennale in Liège “Reciprocity” These two P&C days will be dedicated to the discussion of the specific theme of Design for Public Innovation and take the opportunity to formulate some critical reflections starting from our P&C projects.

DESIS Philosophy Talk_Shanghai: "Emerging Aesthetics" Are sustainable social changes generating a new aesthetic?

Are cases of social innovation around the world witnessing the rise of a new aesthetic paradigm? How can the eastern tradition, from within their philosophical understanding of the idea of aesthetics, look at the qualities emerging from the case studies of social innovation we are seeing worldwide? This discussion will be hosted by Tongij University and held during the design week in Shanghai on the 4th of November 2012.


The full series of open lectures are available at DESIS Public & Collaborative initiative website ( 

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