DESIAP Research Network Symposium 2016


This album contains all the videos of the talks and discussions that took place during DESIAP 2016 in Bangkok, on the 12th of July 2016. DESIAP 2016 is our second public symposium bringing together an exciting range of practitioners and researchers of design and social innovation from over ten countries around Asia-Pacific.

DESIAP 2016: Introduction
Joyce Yee and Yoko Akama introduces the DESIAP 2016 Bangkok Symposium. They are followed by Cyril Tjahja’s introduction on Design and Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific.

DESIAP 2016: Session 1- What is the role and impact of design in social innovation?
Speakers: Miaosen Gong, Joon Sang Baek and Yanki Lee
Facilitators: Robert Young & Viria Vichit-Vadakan

Is design performed by experts / professionals, or ‘diffused’ in action by everyday people in their work or what they observe? Does it manifest as an artefact, method, attitude or in systems? The session will explore how, why and what forms is designed recognised in different contexts, and how it is contributing to “change”. Additionally, the theme will explore what the role of design and the designer is in these contexts, taking into account possible conflict that might arise from discrepancy between the needs of a community or society as a system and those of individuals when designing for social innovation.

DESIAP 2016: Session 2 – Values, Outcomes & Change
Speakers include: Viria Vichit-Vadakan, Alison Prendiville & Fumiko Ichikawa.
Facilitators: Ann Light and Shaowen Bardzell

What sort of value is created through the engagement with the project? This may include better community understanding or collaboration around a particular issue; new service solutions, greater inclusivity of different groups, empowerment or independence? How do we measure outcomes/change? How do we connect outcomes with evaluation? What are the unexpected consequences and how can that be brought to the fore? How do we emphasize ‘a design process’ as well as its outcomes?

DESIAP 2016: Session 3 – Cultural Nuances and Conditions
Speakers: Mariko Takeuchi, Shaowen Bardzell and Ann Light
Facilitators: Yoko Akama & Fumiko Ichikawa

How do these dimensions affect people, institutions, issues, systems and the way designing is enabling social innovation in their local context? Do they change over the time of the project? Additionally how do we as practitioners / researchers understand these dimensions through a process of design vs just observing / studying them for instance? Furthermore, how are power relations played out in projects? Are they reflected in gender, money, societal hierarchy, or positions of people in institutions ? What strategies, tactics and sensitivities are needed to navigate the political landscape to enable design to work effectively in this space?

DESIAP 2016: Session 4 – Knowledge exchange
Speakers: Andrea Siodmok, Bas Raijmakers & Robert Young
Facilitators: Rachel Clarke & Yanki Lee

It is largely recognized that examples and descriptions of case studies is not enough for knowledge transfer, requiring a level of analysis and abstraction to enable translation and positioning in a broader arena. Recognising this, what other forms and ways can practitioners share their knowledge through? What skills/methods/training would a community have and what do they need in order to translate context-specific learnings into broader and general application, especially for non researchers? How is capacity nurtured in the community involved? How can we create a safe environment so that knowledge is not exchanged only with references to successful projects but also failed projects? How do we teach / support and mentor students who may come from different regions but wish to work in Asia-Pacific?

DESIAP 2016: Session 5 – Legacy and Sustainment
Speakers: Ingrid Burkett, Rachel Clarke, Taiei Harimoto & Ye Lin Oo
Facilitators: Joon Sang Baek & Alison Prendiville

How does social innovation initiatives sustain itself beyond the ‘project’ timeline especially since funding are often time-limited? What type of infrastructure (knowledge, network, funding, relationships etc) can enable / has enabled its sustainability? What kind of capacity building is undertaken to ensure continuous transformation processes? Is successful ‘implementation’ relevant or challenging to a context? When does one ‘exit’ a project, pass it on, and if so what is passed on?


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