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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.

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?

Design for social innovation and new economics

Workshop for Cumulus Dublin

Kakee Scott, Lara Penin, Nadia Elrokhsy of Parsons DESIS Lab



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!

5th China Conference on CSA and Organic Farming New Three Dimensional Rural Issues - Big Design

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.

DESIS Seminar 2013 “New Challenge, New Quality, New Action”

In the framework of Tongji Design Week initiatives the College of Design&Innovation announces the 2013 edition DESIS Seminar, as specific discussion forum on the thematic cluster Rural-Urban China, and a joint event with the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Conference (link), hosted in November 2013 at Tongji University.


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

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