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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.

Interview: Technology for Citizen Participation, with Per Linde

Per Linde, interaction design researcher affiliated with Medea, was recently interviewed by the organizers of Smart City Exhibition 2012, where he will also be one of the speakers. Here’s an excerpt of that interview: “For me it is important to not have a totally technology centered perspective on ‘smartness'”.

Circom Conference 2012 in Malmö, May 17-19

The Swedish Television and CIRCOM Regional have the pleasure to invite you to the 30th anniversary of the CIRCOM Regional conference. The 2012 Conference will take place May 17-19 in Malmö. Under the three key words Reach, Relevance and Responsibility we have put together a programme that will give something for everyone in the media industry.

The list of speakers are impressive and the topics range from Social Media and Transforming Audiences, to cases about Broadcasting in Crises, The Utöya massacre and the challenges that the BBC faces at the Olympics in London this summer. Take a look at the conference programme

The Conference is free of charge.

Date: May 17-19
Venue: Orkanen, Malmö University
Conference fee: Free of charge
Sign up: All you need to do is sign up here
Twitter: @CircomConf

The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning

Open Access: PDF scroll to page 293

Nilsson, Elisabet M. 2011. The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning. In Sonvilla-Weiss, S. & Owen, K. (Eds.) Future Learning Spaces: Designs on ELearning Conference Proceedings, pp 293-298, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

ABSTRACT – This short paper presents the initial steps in the establishment of Fabriken (the Factory) which is an open maker-space, and lab space for creating and experimenting with technologies. The space also provides a platform for peer-to-peer learning, and networked learning that goes on beyond the physical walls of the lab space.