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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.

DESIS Showcase - Dublin

Desis Showcase is a project 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 Dublin - Social innovation and storytelling

Cases of social innovation nowadays are showing the necessity to talk about the value of representation in order to communicate and promote social innovation. The next Cumulus conference More for less - Design in an age of austerity, held in Dublin the 7-9 November 2013 Dublin and organised by the National College of Art and Design, will guest a DESIS Showcase of cases of social innovation coming from the network of Cumulus.

Sustainability Maker Convention 2013 "Join the next big thing: Open Innovation, Crowd Sourcing and Crowd Funding for Sustainability"

Be among the first to witness the start of the next Sustainability Innovation Movement and to know about the new Open Innovation for Sustainability platform innonatives.com that is launched during the Convention. This online platform is introduced by the EU funded Sustainability Maker Project and functions to solve Sustainability related Problems and create, finance and implement sustainable Solutions. All of this is done through cooperation of the international innovation community: The Crowd that means by open Innovation, crowd sourcing and crowd funding.

SIX’s sixth annual summer school- ‘Reshaping our cities and making them thrive’, Seoul, South Korea, 9 – 12 September 2013

SIX’s sixth annual summer school, ‘Reshaping our cities and making them thrive’ is being hosted by SIX, in partnership with The Hope Institute, Seoul Metropolitan Government and The Seoul Institute and will take place in Seoul, South Korea from 9 – 12 September 2013.

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Call for proposals: 6th Living Knowledge Conference 2014 "An Innovative Civil Society: Impact through Co-creation and Participation"

The 6th Living Knowledge Conference will seek to explore experiences with research and innovation for, with and by civil society, and develop policy recommendations and articulate research needs within community-based research and research focusing on societal challenges. The conference will build on the experience of the previous Living Knowledge Conferences in Leuven, Seville, Paris,Belfast, and Bonn. It will be an opportunity to bring together some of the key thinkers and practitioners in the area of community-based research, university-community partnerships and science shops, provide opportunities for collaboration, and try to ensure that civil society’s role in research and innovation is prioritised on policy agendas, both nationally and internationally.

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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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