Resources

This is a collection of books, papers, reports and websites related to social innovation. Contact us if you’d like to add a resource to this list.

Let’s discuss why is design important – a discussion by 4 men on social outcomes and design mindset.

Yoko Akama
http://emerging-future.org/newblog/20170424_miratukuforum2016/

A discussion forum hosted by Miratsuku, Japan. 24th April 2017.

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「なぜデザインが大事なのか、僕らで話してみよう」。 4人が語る、ソーシャルとデザインマインド談義[ミラツクフォーラム2016

「創造性によるインパクトの創出」をテーマに、NOSIGNER株式会社の太刀川瑛弼さんがモデレーターになり、発酵デザイナーの小倉ヒラクさん、松華堂の千葉伸一さん、株式会社シルバーウッドの下河原忠道さんと3名のゲストが登壇。

2017.04.24

DESIAP Research Network Symposium 2016

DESIAP 2016
https://vimeo.com/album/4217650

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.

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Innovation for International Development

Nesta
Nesta.org.uk

Experiences, insights and practical advice from more than 20 leading practitioners in innovation for international development, brought together in one collection. Innovation in International Development is organised around four interconnected themes:

  • How to fund innovation
  • How to organise for innovation
  • How to harness new partnerships and collaborations
  • How to scale innovations and change systems
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    LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Social Innovation

    Lead Editor: Mariana Amatullo. Editors: Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico, Andrew Shea
    LEAP Dialogues

    The role of design and designers in society and the marketplace is changing. In this new publication, 84 designers, educators and thought-leaders from across the United States examine why these changes are happening, what is needed, and how designers can pursue these emerging career pathways.

    Government Innovation Labs Constellation 1.0

    Parsons DESIS Lab | The New School
    nyc.pubcollab.org

    Across the world, we observe efforts to promote radical innovations in the public realm being followed by the creation of different types of “authorizing environments” that foster these experiments. We call them Public Innovation Places. By this we mean experimental sites, agencies, or labs created to develop innovative solutions to pressing social problems, and dedicated to the creation of networks and partnerships by launching new projects, events, and platforms.

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    Chita 08: Collaborative Service and Mobile Communication: A Service Design Workshop on Chinese Sustainable Lifestyle and Inter-culture Experience

    By Miaosen Gong, Irina Mara Suteu, Jie Shen
    academia.edu

    Collaborative services (Jegou, Manzini 2008), implicated in the creative communities have been regarded as a new tool to promote the sustainable lifestyles. While the Open Source, P2P, Free Software for collaborative productions in digital world bring out new possible opportunities to an everyday lifestyle guided towards sustainability. The paper reports a joint workshop, Chita 08 between School of Design, Jiangnan University (JU) and Indaco department, Politecnico di Milano (Polimi) in 2008 on the subject of collaborative service and mobile communication, organized as a parallel course of LSF 07 in Polimi. The research project informed by the paper is to investigate the service design approach to promote the collaborative service particularly in the context of China and how mobile communication enables it. The discussions and conclusions have been done taking into account the service design approach and the inter-culture experience.

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    Restarting Britain 2: Design & Public Services

    A report by the Design Commission
    policyconnect.org.uk

    This is the second publication in the Design Commission’s ‘Restarting Britain’ series. The first set out the strategic importance of design education as a driver of economic renewal and growth. This report turns to the question of public service renewal.

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    Guide to Social Innovation in Europe

    DG Regional and Urban Policy (European Commission)
    ec.europa.eu

    Social innovation is in the mouths of many today, at policy level and on the ground. It is not new as such: people have always tried to find new solutions for pressing social needs. But a number of factors have spurred its development recently.

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    Design in Public and Social Innovation

    By Geoff Mulgan
    nesta.org.uk

    What’s going right and what’s going wrong? Is design a key to more efficient and effective public services, or a costly luxury, good for conferences and consultants but not for the public?

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

    Edited by Pelle Ehn, Elisabet M. Nilsson & Richard Topgaard
    The MIT Press

    Innovation and design need not be about the search for a killer app. Innovation and design can start in people’s everyday activities. They can encompass local services, cultural production, arenas for public discourse, or technological platforms. The approach is participatory, collaborative, and engaging, with users and consumers acting as producers and creators. It is concerned less with making new things than with making a socially sustainable future. This book describes experiments in innovation, design, and democracy, undertaken largely by grassroots organizations, non-governmental organizations, and multi-ethnic working-class neighborhoods.

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    Design, When Everybody Designs: An Introduction to Social Innovation

    By Ezio Manzini, Translated by Rachel Coad
    The MIT Press

    In a changing world everyone designs: each individual person and each collective subject, from enterprises to institutions, from communities to cities and regions, must define and enhance a life project. Sometimes these projects generate unprecedented solutions; sometimes they converge on common goals and realize larger transformations. As Ezio Manzini describes in this book, we are witnessing a wave of social innovations as these changes unfold—an expansive open co-design process in which new solutions are suggested and new meanings are created.

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    New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research

    Edited by Alex Nicholls, Julie Simon & Madeleine Gabriel
    Palgrave Connect

    This book is open access under a CC BY license. Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation ‘labs’ to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social innovation researchers globally, exploring the practice and process of researching social innovation, its nature and effects.

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