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  • 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.

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.

Call for proposals: CCPH 13th Conference "From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships"

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is convening the 13th International Conference, from April 30 to May 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. At a time when community-campus partnerships are increasingly recognized as vital to solving our most pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges, the CCPH conference promises to be our best yet as hundreds of community members, faculty, staff, students, funders and policy makers from around the world convene for four days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting.

eBook Sustainable street 2030

Walking down the street of a sustainable city in 20 years from now…was the vision that came up to design this toolkit for collaborative scenario building. Pulling ourselves out of our daily contexts and current mindsets to envision the future in an open and creative way is one of the bottlenecks in participative forward-looking activities.

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

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