The transformation of DESIS into an Association is not simply a technical evolution. It certainly reflects the need for organising better the management of the, ever growing, network, but it also gives us the chance to really start looking ourselves as a group with some “global” strategy and project, on top of the already existing initiatives, such us the clusters or the local projects. In other words, with some bigger dream.
Here we are with the brand new DESIS association and its statute!
According to what we presented in Cumulus Kalmar in June 2013, DESIS will be structured as a cultural association with non-profit objectives. The first IC mandate could be considered as a transitional period so to check if this organization could work.
The DESIS transition started in 2012 and had his first formal step in the Helsinki meeting in May 2012. At that point we were around 20 Labs and we decided how to make them work (the different design initiatives, such as Thematic Clusters, regional Clusters, Philosophy Talks, Showcases, etc.). In that meeting we also started the discussion on how to give DESIS Network a more structured organization. We discussed, formally and informally, for one year, and few months ago, June 2013, in the Kalmar meeting, some choices had been taken.
Emerging practices of design for social innovation are showing the relevance to make more extensive use of videos and narratives. Storytelling as such is becoming increasingly important for a variety of reasons. But what does storytelling mean? How can we make best use of it within the context of design for social innovation? Can storytelling be seen as that which facilitates the possibility for a public space to be opened up, where the commons can be re-destributed and where both dialogue and action can be shared and eventually lead to the construction of a higher quality public domain? Can it lead to the establishment of the pre-conditions for participation, condivision and dialogue to take place and lead to the co-design of a more participative society?
How can this eventually happen? How can we exclude a manipulative character in the way we make use of storytelling?
After a process done with all the members in the last months, the brand new profile of our network will be presented at Cumulus Dublin on 6th November 9.00am-1.00pm room DH1 at NCAD (see Cumulus Working Group 1- DESIS in the Cumulus Dublin in the program - LINK).
DESIS is moving to a no-profit international association with a statute that is a result of a several feedback sessions done with all of you. The result of this discussion and the decisions already taken will be presented during the meeting and, moving from here, we will discuss their implications.
Looking forward to seeing all of you!
The Fifth National Exchange Forum on Community Supported Agriculture will focus on “Cross Discipline, Multiply and Innovation” in facing the new task of CSA and the new context of the society. Three Dimensional Rural Issues (agricultural land, farmers, agro-industry) will be explored in depth from the perspective of technology, culture, creative design, platform building, and new source of financing etc. The new ‘Three Dimensional Rural Issues” perspective coupled with Big Design is going to bring vitality to traditional agriculture. This is the thematic challenge od the conference that will be host by Tongji University from November 1st to 3rd. The conference is an important and large appointment for the Chinese communities and the pioneer in the reflection and practice of Sustanability inspired ways to agriculture, and its social implication. The conference is composed of keynote speeches, parallel forums, in-depth forums, open forum, summit forum and theme visits. This year, a particular interest is given to the multidisciplinary approach to agriculture, and within the conference there are two panels mainly design (and DESIS) oriented.