Building Fabriken: Design for Socially Shaped Innovation

[PUBLICATION] In exploring how design could support socially shaped innovation, the paper discusses the experience of designing Fabriken, a socially shaped infrastructure for socially shaped innovation. This article is to be presented by PhD student Anna Seravalli at the Design Research Society International Conference Bangkok, 2012.

Prototyping and infrastructuring in design for social innovation

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Emilson, Anders, Per-Anders Hillgren, and Anna Seravalli. 2011. Prototyping and Infrastructuring in design for social innovation. Co-Design Vol. 7, Nos. 3–4, September–December 2011, 169–183.

ABSTRACT – During the past five years design has been recognised as a powerful innovation driver. Design methods and tools have also been applied in new fields. One of them is social innovation, which is aimed at developing new ideas and solutions in response to social needs. While different initiatives have demonstrated how design can be a powerful approach in social innovation, especially when it comes to systemic thinking, prototyping and visualising, some concerns have been raised regarding the limitations of applying design in this field.

Democratizing production: challenges in co-designing enabling platforms for social innovation

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Seravalli, Anna. (2011). “Democratizing production: challenges in co-designing enabling platforms for social innovation”, The Tao of Sustainability, International Conference on Sustainable Design Strategies in a Globalization Context, Bejing China 27-29 October 2011.

ABSTRACT – In the social innovation field it has been recognized the need for infrastructures to support the flourishing of social innovation: intermediaries that should facilitate the connections between diverse stakeholders and resources. Design research has contributed to the idea of intermediaries by developing the concept of enabling platforms. These are situated systems of human and non-human actors, which should support bottom-up initiatives and cross-sector networks by responding to the meta-technological demands of social innovation activities.

Dealing with Dilemmas: Participatory Approaches in Design for Social Innovation

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Emilson, Anders; Hillgren, Per-Anders; Seravalli, Anna. (2011): “Dealing with Dilemmas: Participatory Approaches in Design for Social Innovation”, Swedish Design Research Journal no 1, 2011:23-29.

ABSTRACT – In recent years, design for social innovation has emerged as a new research field. Design has been acknowledged by public agencies and NGOs as one of the tools to tackle the complexity of social issues. However, critical voices have also been raised about the limits and gaps of design applied in this field, emphasizing the need for connections with other disciplines involved in social innovation.

Kartläggning av design för social innovation

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Emilson, Anders. (2010). Design för social innovation: ett nytt designforskningsområde. Kartläggning för Designfakulteten, KTH.

INTRODUCTION – Design för social innovation är ett nytt designforskningsområde som håller på att växa fram internationellt. Design förknippas mest med teknisk innovation och utveckling av nya produkter. När det talas om innovation syftas det oftast också på teknisk eller medicinsk innovation vilka ansetts vara viktiga för samhällsutveckling och ekonomisk tillväxt. Men idag anser dock allt fler att det även behövs social innovation för att lösa många av samtidens komplexa problem med till exempel kroniska sjukdomar, klimat- och finanskris.