• 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.

  • by Ezio Manzini
    The notion of design for social innovation is frequently considered similar, if not coincident, with the one of social design. In my view, to do that is an error: the two expressions refer to different activities and have very different implications. The problem begins with the double meaning commonly attributed to the adjective “social”. One of them, that is also the one used in the expression design for social innovation, indicates that we refer to something concerning social forms. That is, concerning the way in which a society is built. The other one, instead, indicates the existence of particularly problematic situations (such as extreme poverty, illness or exclusion, and circumstances after catastrophic events) to which both the market and the state fail in finding solutions. In other words, when used in this way, “social” becomes a synonym for “very problematic condition”, which poses (or should pose) the need for urgent intervention, outside normal market or public service modalities. It is with this meaning that this adjective made its entrance into the design debate several decades ago, generating the expression: social design.

TRANSITIONS: Project announcement and calls for Social Innovation proposals to be scaled up in 6 Scaling Centres

Dear DESIS community,
we are delighted to announce that the POLIMI-DESIS Lab is one of the consortium partners of TRANSITION - Transnational Network for Social Innovation Incubation, a 30-month 7FP-EU funded project aiming at scaling up 300 Social Innovations across Europe.

BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture Shenzhen

Do not miss the opportunity to visit the section “Designing the Urban-Rural Interaction”, curated by Lou Yongqi, of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. It is an amazing collection of projects to connect the city to the agricultural countryside in the name of sustainability of food and life.

LongeviCity Call for Proposal

Dear DESIS partners,
in occasion of the Design Week 2014 we are organizing an Exhibition-Conference on "Longevicity" topic. We would like to exhibit all the project, product and service experiences which have been developed at an international level about Active Ageing topic. We send you a presentation of the concept for the initiative so you could understand the topic and the storytelling modalities which we would like to use.

DESIS Showcase Benelux

 

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

Social innovation and storytelling: DESIS philosophy talk #1

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?

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The full series of open lectures are available at DESIS Public & Collaborative initiative website (http://www.desis-clusters.org). 

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