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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 @ Kalmar, 6 - 8 June, 2013

Day 1. June 6, 19.00-21.00 Kalmar Theatre, Larmtorget 1

DESIS Meeting (for DESIS members and friends)
1. Activities
- What has been done in the 2012-2013 and next steps
- Thematic Clusters: on-going and future initiatives
- Philosophy Talks and Showcases: on-going and future initiatives
- other possible initiaitves: toolkits, video, other?

2. Organization
- DESIS Labs: new entries
- DESIS Network governance: the state of the debate

NB. at the end of the meeting Thematic Clusters promoters and interested other colleagues will have the possibility to continue the discussion in separate gorups.

Ageing & Ingenuity (A&I) - Call for Design Stories

At NORDES 2013 Design Research Conference, one of the new DESIS Clusters, Ageing & Ingenuity (A&I) will conduct a workshop on the 11th June 2013. This collective design workshop aims to provoke and test new design approaches towards ageing.
We are looking for design stories that show how can design thinking and collaborative working enable the world to respond differently to the challenges of ageing. We propose a full day workshop. Morning session is devoted to an introduction to the workshop and design stories from participants. Each participants need to prepare a story of an ingenious older people from their project. All these real-world life stories of creative people will be formed into personas in first part of the afternoon. The result of the workshop is expected to form a collective design manual for the future ageing innovation.

Public & Collaborative

Following last year’s Public & Collaborative Days at the Design Biennale in Liège, the Public & Collaborative cluster is continuing its efforts to share the cluster's findings with design practitioners, educators and policymakers. Public & Collaborative: Exploring the Intersection of Design, Social Innovation and Public Policy, a booklet to be published in the coming weeks by the cluster, shares findings, research, analysis and case studies from the work of cluster-members across the globe.

Design for Memory

No, we have not forgotten.
Right after the Tsunami and nuclear disaster, Japan called a lot of attention. But as time passed by the world seems to forget about the events and their planetary implications .
The following article aims at, not only expressing them our constant support, but also at giving visibility to their thoughts and to some positive initiatives going on.

DESIS Philosophy talk # 3 “Disruptive qualities” - A joint initiative of POLIMI DESIS Lab and Social Spaces CUO DESIS Lab.

The DESIS Philosophy Talk is a new initiative proposed by DESIS in order to enhance the dialogue between
practice & theory, between design & philosophy. The idea is to match practical issues and topics emerging from
design practice in the field of social innovation around the world with insights from the philosophical tradition.
Several notions, such as beauty, public vs. private, community, etc., which normally belong to the field of social
sciences appear to emerge from a kind of “phenomenological” study of different cases of design for social
innovation. The DESIS Philosophy Talks want to explore them from a philosophical, theoretical perspective
and see how the result of these discussions can add meaningful value to the design practice and possibly also


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

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