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  • by Ezio Manzini
    The on-going transition asks for diffuse design capabilities. And therefore for an original knowledge: design knowledge capable to feed the broad co-design processes that will have to drive the needed socio-technical changes. Where and how is this design knowledge produced? Where and how will it be produced in future, given that the demand for it will inevitably grow in the transition towards sustainability? The traditional answer falls on the existence of (and need to develop) public and private research centers. However, in my view, this answer is incomplete, and more importantly it leads us to think that the design research we are talking about can be limited to a few research professionals. In a connected world this is no longer so. In a connected world designing networks also tend to become design research networks: research networks that produce “constructive enquiry” at their nodes.

  • by Anna Meroni, International Coordinator
    Dear DESISers, it seems that the (im)possible mission of turning DESIS into an Association is almost accomplished: the “constitution paper” with the new statute of DESIS signed by the initial founding members is about to be back at home in Politecnico for the formal establishment of the association. This means that soon we can start with the formal applications by the existing Labs and with the requests for application of the new labs that are in the pipeline. But, we do not want to make it just a formal act. We aim to make it an opportunity to update the network about what’s going on in the different labs and to open up new challenges.

Design and Research Tender, Practical Tools for Social Innovation and International Development

This project, co-funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, is to develop a toolkit for development practitioners and social innovators that provides practical materials to support activity at each phase of innovation from discovery through to scaling and growth. The product will be co-branded with the Rockefeller Foundation and licensed under Creative Commons. Innovation Skills are looking for a multi-disciplinary consortium that can demonstrate deep understanding of the task at hand, and expertise and capacity to deliver across a diverse set of international development, design, research and production requirements.

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DeSForM: Call for Papers and Demos

8th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement.
Since the first DeSForM conference, the field of design has been changing a lot, but not as much as it should have, to respond to significant societal changes. One important external change is the development and widespread application of social computing. Social media fundamentally change the relationships between people and it changes their behavior. This is significant for design and at DerSForM 2013 we ask: how should design respond. Any innovative system, service, or related product is a combination of material concepts and digital concept. Material form-giving and digital form-giving. Which are the new tools that the design research community will offer to cope with this new complexity?

"The UK prime minister has announced a multi-million pound prize fund designed to solve some of the world's most pressing problems"

"The UK prime minister has announced a multi-million pound prize fund designed to solve some of the world's most pressing problems" - but will this be a search for 'magic bullets' or an opportunity to pilot more systemic human centred approaches?

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Piloting digital storytelling and action research as an approach to stimulate pro-environmental advocacy and behaviour change

Piloting digital storytelling and action research as an approach to stimulate pro-environmental advocacy and behaviour change,
Report authored by Margaret Gearty and Michelle Williams

A report has been released today detailing a research project commissioned by DEFRA and conducted by the University of Bath that explored the effectiveness of digital storytelling, conveyed through the use of short video clips, as a means to stimulate pro-environmental advocacy amongst the 50 plus age group.

Taksim Solidarity - public protests in Istanbul

In response to the public protests in the past days spanning to many cities in Turkey which started with the government action on the 27th of May 2013 to demolish a valuable and much needed green area at the centre of Istanbul, Taksim-Gezi Park, to re-build a replica of an old military barracks building to serve as a shopping mall, DESIS, the International network of schools of design would like to express their solidarity with the actions of the civil initiative Taksim Dayanışması (Solidarity) following this matter from the start.

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