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Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy

[PUBLICATION] Innovation and design need not be about the search for a killer app. Innovation and design can start in people’s everyday activities. The stories collected in ‘Making Futures’ challenge the dominant perception of what constitutes successful innovations. They recount efforts at social innovation, opening the production process, challenging the creative class, and expanding the public sphere. MIT Press, 2014.

Can design go beyond critique? Trying to compose together in opening production

This Nordes 2013 paper by Anna Seravalli aims at contributing to the emerging field of design for social innovation by discussing the insights from the author’s long-term involvement as a design researcher in a social innovation project. In order to discuss this experience a particular perspective is introduced as an attempt of design to go beyond critique, and, specifically, of “composing together”. In this understanding, design for social innovation can be considered as a collective effort towards the construction and exploration of alternative ways of living and working.

How can design labs contribute to societal development?

During the past decade, design has been recognised as a powerful innovation driver and has proven to be useful when approaching complex societal challenges. This Forum for Social Innovation panel brought together researchers with extensive experience in participatory design and social innovation to discuss how design labs can contribute to societal development.

People from all sectors were invited to two sessions that addressed the notion of design labs and how they potentially could contribute to societal development. During the first session, the discussion was on a general level that. In the afternoon it was slightly more academic but everyone was still welcome to join.

Here’s the Bambuser broadcast from the panel.


Date and time: June 14, at 10-12 & 13-16

Location: Medea, Malmö University, Östra Varvsgatan 11 (map)

This full day event is free of charge, but please notify your attendance by registering no later than June 5 June 10 at The morning session will also be broadcast live through Bambuser and can be viewed on

Organizers: Forum for Social Innovation Sweden, Malmö University, and The TEMPOS project at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Design, Denmark.

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)