• 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.

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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