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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.

DESIS in the Mirror is online

DESIS in the Mirror is a project by DESIS Network and IMAGIS research group (Design Dep. – Politecnico di Milano).
Since July 2013 we recorded 13 on-line video-interviews all around the world about the production of moving images in the realm of social innovation (4 artists and filmmakers; 9 DESIS members) in order to:

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Workshop: DESIS Forum and Showcase: Informal, formal and Collaborative (IFC): service design for social innovation in underserved communities

23 September 2014, an initiative back-to-back with the Cumulus Conference Johannesburg

III European School of Social Innovation

The main objective of this year European School of Social Innovation is to offer a plural view about innovation and social innovation in the public sector.
The Summer School offers two points of view about this subject. On one hand, a conceptual perspective on this topic based on different approaches. On the other hand, the presentation of cases of different policies that seek to promote social innovation and innovation initiatives in the field of the public sector.
The purpose of the first day of the Summer School will be to draw an image of the main discourses on innovation and social innovation linked to public sector in the international scene.
The second day wishes to show some interesting cases of public innovation from the Basque Country and Spain. The purpose is to visualize the work done from different organizations in this field in order to raise awareness on the relevance of this subject and inspire actions to implement innovative processes in the public sphere.

DESIS China Spring Festival 2014

DESIS China is glad to announce the Spring Festival, a series of initiatives organized by Jiangnan DESIS Lab in the framework of Re-design Education Conference at Jiangnan University.

The Design Society Research Conference, DRS 2014

With the aim of fostering and supporting a shared design discourse, the Design Society Research Conference, DRS 2014 will be held in Umea, Sweden, June 16-19. The contributions and issues raised by the DESIS thematic clusters including Informal, Formal, Collaborative (IFC) and Public and Collaborative (P&C) will be the focus of one of the “conversations” of the conference, a new presentation format for dialogue and debate curated by Carl di Salvo and Jamer Hunt.

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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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