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From the Townhall to into the Studio: Design, Democracy and Community Resilience

By Thomas Darwin Darwin, T. (2010)  From the Townhall to into the Studio: Design, Democracy and Community Resilience, The Journal of Design Strategies, vol. 4, no. 1, Spring, pp. 29-33 This is a short article, but it is full of practical wisdom and insights for those prepared to dig deeper than a cursory reading.  This is one piece of writing that could have benefited from the addition of some visual design as there are so … Continue reading

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Co-Creation and Participatory Design

By Elizabeth Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers Sanders, E. and Stappers, P. (2008) Co-creation and the New Landscapes of Design, CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts, Taylor and Francis, vol. 4, no. 1, pp.5-18. Liz Sanders, one of the co-authors of this article, is a ‘legend’ in the human-centred design field, having practised, researched and written in and around this area for over two decades.  The founder of the consultancy and … Continue reading

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Book Review: This is Service Design Thinking: Basics, Tools, Cases

By Jakob Schneider, Marc Stickdorn Schneider, J. and Stickdorn, M. (2011) This is Service Design Thinking: Basics, Tools, Cases, John Wiley and Sons, New Jersey Guest Reviewer:  Jacqueline Wechsler Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking. – Chris Pullman This is Service Design Thinking presents an inter-disciplinary approach to service innovation. Where the distinction between product and services is disappearing, and where the services sector within Australia … Continue reading

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Rethinking Design Thinking: Part I

By Lucy Kimbell Kimbell, L. (2011) Rethinking Design Thinking: Part I, Design and Culture, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 285-306 This article takes a critical look at the rise and rise of design thinking in the world of business and social innovation.  Written by Lucy Kimbell, a Fellow at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, and a designer herself, it focusses particularly on the limitations of design thinking as it has been … Continue reading

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Book Review: Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organisations and Inspires Innovation

By Tim Brown and Barry Katz Brown, T. and Katz, B. (2009)  Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organisations and Inspires Innovation, Harper Business, New York Guest Reviewer: Joanne Hutchinson If you are attracted to design thinking, and wondering where to start, then let me introduce you to one of my favourite books in this area:  Change by Design – How design thinking transforms organisations and inspires innovation. This book is a pleasure to … Continue reading

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Transformative Services and Transformation Design

By Daniela Sangiorgi Sangiorgi, D. (2011)  Transformative Services and Transformation Design, International Journal of Design, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 29-40 Fast-forward from the RED paper to a more recent article written by Daniela Sangiorgi, a lecturer in Service Design and Service Innovation from Imagination Lancaster (see www.imagination.lancs.ac.uk).  This is a more academic view of transformation design, but in many ways it is also more radical in its interpretation of the potentials of transformation design … Continue reading

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Transformation Design

By Colin Burns, Hilary Cottam, Chris Vanstone and Jennie Winhall Burns, C., Cottam, H., Vanstone, C. and Winhall, J. (2006)  Transformation Design, Design Council UK, London. Transformation Design is an oft-cited publication that is credited with laying some foundations for linkages between design and social innovation.  It is included here for this reason – whilst not new, it has certainly been influential as design approaches are increasingly applied to social innovation.  The publication comes out … Continue reading

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Design and Social Innovation

By Geoff Mulgan Mulgan, G. (2010)  In Improving Public Services and Social Innovation the Design World has Vital Insights to Offer, Blog Post available at British Politics and Policy at LSE, London School of Economics Blog pages, blogs.lse.ac.uk Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA (National Endowment of Science Technology and the Arts), and Visiting Professor at a number of universities including the University of Melbourne, offers a very useful framework for assessing the contribution of design … Continue reading

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Autumn 2012: Design and Social Innovation

There is a growing interest in the role that design can play in catalysing, harnessing, spreading and scaling social innovation around the world.  This is expressed in two key ways: •    by a growing number of professional designers and design disciplines applying their skills to addressing social issues; and •    by the adoption of design tools, techniques and methods by a growing number of other disciplines focused on developing social innovation. Perhaps the most recognisable … Continue reading

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Turning values into action

by Mary C Gentile. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2010 Social innovators are usually motivated by their personal values, yet they don’t always act on them, because they are afraid it might lead to conflict.  Even when they do act, it often ends badly.  To remedy this, social innovators can learn how to articulate their values consistently and act on them in a way that is likely to lead to good outcomes. So concludes Gentile … Continue reading

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