PhD Seminar: Prototyping Towards Opening Production

This 50-percent-seminar represents a half-way milestone in Anna Seravalli’s PhD at Medea, Malmö University. On October 10, Seravalli will give a picture of what her research has resulted in until now, but she will also give insights about how to continue her research. Seravalli’s central theme is prototyping towards opening production, a theme that represents a frame that is built on and keeps together the experiments developed and carried out within Living Labs Fabriken and The Neighbourhood.

Date/time: October 10, at 10-13.

Opponent: Oksana Mont, Lund University

Location: Medea (map)

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.

How Electronics Connect Us to the World—David Cuartielles (Medea Talks #18)

DAVID CUARTIELLES is a researcher at Malmö University and one of the founders of the revolutionary open-source microcontroller Arduino. On March 1, David Cuartielles gave a Medea Talk about the history of Arduino, and a presentation of concepts and projects envisioned by people around the world. What happens when you bring traditional craftsmanship together with electronics?

Prototyping and infrastructuring in design for social innovation

Open Access: PDF

This is a pre-print version. Do not cite without permission from the authors. More details below.

Item record on MUEP:

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

Open Access:

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.