Participatory Street-up Innovation

This year, what is left of it, my aim will be to take the first step for a long-term project on the transformative potential of ‘participatory street-up innovation’.(Remember ‘Street-Up Innovation’?; the innovative ways people are adapting the use of a product to their needs and way of working.)

I added the term ‘participatory’ to street-up innovation because when people start to share their experiences with products these stories would show (part of) the material circumstances of an individual. Sharing a personal experience will show alternatives to deal with material circumstances. And although the line between a personal issue with products and a public issue may be subjective, when a large enough sector of society is affected by an issue, it becomes a public issue. In this way people could become aware of new material (and social?) circumstances and its alternatives ways of dealing with it. At least that’s my hypothesis on participatory street-up innovation.

There are two elements that fascinate me in the concept of participatory street-up innovation; first whether an individual story, about a personal experience with products in this case, possesses a trans-formative potential from an individual story to the public sphere and second whether an alternative way of dealing with products constitutes a social issue? If a trans-formative potential in street-up innovation, that allows an individual story to become a social issue, exists can artists and designers use this trans-formative potential to co-create long-term, committed work of thought carried out by the public?

Next: What are material circumstances, what is the relation between material circumstances and the use of products and why is dealing with material circumstances important?

Karin – Filterdesign & University of Applied Science Amsterdam

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Designing Social Innovation by Dr. Ramia Maze

The parts where dr. Ramia Maze discusses life cycle diagrams and future studies I found particularly interesting.

“How are designers working to advance the social good? In particular, how can the field of interaction design address sustainability? This presentation presents a model for an interdisciplinary and international approach to design research based on expert interviews and case studies.” via http://vimeo.com/40550326

[Vimeo http://vimeo.com/40550326%5D

Karin – Filterdesign

Storytelling & Social innovation

Desis Philosophy talk on Storytelling & Social innovation
Can we consider the act of telling stories of social innovation a political action, as it opens up the idea of public realm as a place where decision-making take place? Is storytelling in design for social innovation a poetic action, where the two dimensions of telling and making, as in the Greek idea of poiesis, are finally reconciled? Can we look at telling stories of emerging sustainable behaviours worldwide as a way to manifest what is at the margin of the mainstream of society and help its potentialities to be fully expressed? How can we as designers tell the stories of the margins respecting their complexity without oversimplifying them? During this second session on storytelling following the one held in Dublin past November during the Cumulus conference, we will reflect together on this topic and try to formulate some design guidelines for our design practices.

March 12, 2014, 14.00 -17.30 at Design Academy Eindhoven
Source: http://www.desis-philosophytalks.org

Karin – Filterdesign