This conference is organised in collaboration with the Social Design Network*.
Design has a long tradition of relating to society and its challenges. The economic, demographic, social, political and environmental long-term challenges call for deep changes, posing new challenges for companies, governments, institutions and individuals.
Two design fields, social design and service design, focus on design as a strategic tool for developing social innovation initiatives and creating impact by understanding and framing problems and finding solutions in collaboration with communities, influencing societies and the wider environment. And recently, both fields also starting to tackle issues of ethics, values and the broader influences of design on our social and ecological environment.
In the last few decades, social responsibility has transferred to the core of service design. No matter what we design, we need to always have the consequences for individuals, groups, communities, culture and society in mind. That starts with harnessing users in the design process, enabling designers to better understand their wishes and satisfy their needs, and continues with focussing on society as a whole.
How to design for social innovation? While it seems like an easy call, designing for social innovation is complex and requires a recalibration of skills. This virtual conference interlinks the two fields and aims to find common ground between social design and service design. By connecting the aims, we’ll take a holistic, transdisciplinary approach to design, try to bridge the gaps, and offer an innovative and fresh perspective on ways to combine social design and service design. In two content blocks, you will be able to listen to insightful talks. Each block ends with discussions and a plenary closing session.
Explore how to design for social innovation
Find out how to help people, groups and communities transition to more sustainable futures
Learn to share and redefine power dynamics through design while involving new and unusual stakeholders
Get to know why measuring impact matters
Learn about the ethical aspects of design's contribution to society
Find common ground between social design and service design
Communities in transition
The conference will happen live via Zoom.
This conference is worth 4 SDC study point.
Social design, ethics, participatory design, ethnography, inclusive design
Bianca Herlo (Germany) is a design researcher and lecturer based in Berlin, working in the field of social design at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Alvise Mattozzi (Italy) is sociologist and assistant professor of social studies of science and technology, Politecnico di Torino.
Janka Csernák (Hungary) has been a researcher at the MOME Innovation Center since 2020, currently working on her doctoral dissertation.
Jonathan Ventura (Israel) is a design anthropologist specialising in social and healthcare design, design research methodologies and design theories.
Jennifer Schubert (Germany) is a researcher and lecturer at Free University of Bolzano in the area of Social Interaction Design.
Ariel Guersenzvaig (Argentina) is professor of design at ELISAVA, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering.
Alon Chitayat (Israel) is an artist, educator and Lead UX designer for growth at Waze.
Bori Fehér (Hungary) is an architect, social designer focused on resilience and sustainability, and head of the Social Design HUB at MOME Innovation Center.
Rita Szerencsés (Hungary) is a social designer, impact researcher, urbanist, teacher and design and art manager.
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