Seminar on Design Roles in Social Innovation

18 December, 2013 - 11:23

On January 28, Forum for Social Innovation Sweden, Malmö University together with The Swedish Faculty for Design Research and Research Education, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Critical Studies in Architecture at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and the Interactive Institute Swedish ICT present the seminar:

Designing Publics, Publics Designing: Design roles in social innovation

28th of January, 9.30-15 pm
Svarta Havet, Konstfack
LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm
Subway station: Telefonplan

Design roles are expanding in society and the public sphere. This is reflected in a range of new formulations of design, such as ”service”, “transformation” and ”social” design, and a growth of interest and funding in the public and social sectors. Such design practices, often premised on user-centered, participatory, iterative, and rapid-prototyping processes, have been highly effective in addressing complex social problems and societal challenges. Today, there are a growing number of design labs and firms operating in this area, and the European Commission recently published an action plan for design driven innovation that promotes design as a driver in renewing the public sector.

This represents significant opportunities – and challenges – for practitioners and researchers. What roles may designers have in social innovation? What roles may the public, or publics, have? How to consider and collaborate with others in urban social innovation? How may reflective practices and experimental interventions influence the everyday work of governance? How are problems framed and by whom, which publics and interests are considered? How to consider social justice, alternative futures and radical transformation? Where do responsibilities lie, how might mutual learning occur, and how to ensure accountability? What roles may the design (research) community play?


09:30 Mingle with coffee and tea
10:00 Welcome, Per-Anders Hillgren, release of Design ABC by Forum for Social Innovation Sweden, Louisa Szücs Johansson
10:15 Stephan Vincent ”Design in the public sector”
11:15 Andrea Botero and Per-Anders Hillgren “Public & Collaborative”, dialog with Maria Hellström Reimer
12:15 Lunch
13:15 ”Architectural and critical dimensions of urban social innovation”, Katja Grillner, Hélene Frichot, Meike Schalk and others, in dialog with Ramia Mazé
14:15 “Designing Publics, Publics designing”, panel with all speakers, moderated by Catharina Gabrielsson
15:00 Close

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The full day event is free of charge but please notify your attendance by registration no later than 2014-01-24 at:

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