PhD content in brief
Promotion of international design networks
Today, small enterprises and artisans are facing a difficult moment in which they are not able to understand how to survive in a evermore competitive and global market. They no longer have contact with final users, which often live in other territories and belong to different cultures, and do not have the tools to connect and innovate at an international level.
Since the early 70’s, designers around the world have been working in this arena with the aim to help artisans reach new markets and learn how to develop autonomous innovative processes. Through transfer of knowledge and support in creating networks, designers have shown unique capabilities that can support internationalization processes of territories worldwide by:
_identifying new markets and interpreting cultures (EXPORT);
_identifying new technologies (CO-PRODUCTION);
_identifying new cultural context (CO-DESIGN).
In this scenario, design research and education institutions have had a fundamental role in engaging new research paths and developing education programs in the fields of design management and strategic design in order to support international competitiveness. The strive for internationalization has pushed design institutions to enlarge their networks, connect with territories and give students and staff the opportunity to widen their view. By doing so, they have become strategic entities for the internationalization of their countries.
In the knowledge based society, education and research institutions have become important actors in supporting the international competitiveness of their territories by developing innovative researches and forming new professional profiles.
Therefore, design research and education institutions have become gateways for companies interested in connecting and competing internationally.
The main aim of the research is to identify projects in which design institutions have supported the internationalization of productive territories in order to stimulate an international debate in this area.
The area of reference of the research is Social Design and it historically refers to those projects in which designers have had an important role in connecting the periphery with the center. Victor Papanek, Gui Bonsiepe and Victor Margolin have been the main design theorist in this area.
The research developed has aimed to collect projects that have been carried out in the past ten years in this field. Projects that have been developed by design centers, institutions, individual designers that demonstrate that design can have a strategic role in social and economical development. These projects are mainly lead by the desire to help artisans and small producers to reach new markets and to build connections with partners worldwide.
The research has been lead through on field research and interviews of actors involved in the debate and in the projects detected. The projects collected have been saved in an “online platform” (blog of the research www.innovstrategy.blogspot.com) which has been the a first interface with the research community.
Fifteen projects selected out of the many projects collected in the blog have been briefly explained through graphs and maps which give a general understanding of the state of the art in this field.
The analysis of the project has been done at different levels:
_geographical map of territories and actors involved;
_chronological map of the projects;
_role of the design actors in the projects;
_results respect to the internationalization of the territories involved;
_aims and objectives of the projects;
The final analysis of the projects aims to give a future view on the trajectories taken by the actors involved, the lessons learnt and the suggestions on how to take forward a debate in this field in order to develop new research and form professionals.
Today, there is a large amount of design centers, institutions and professionals who believe that design can have a strategic role in helping artisans and small companies in building global value chains. This belief has been demonstrated through real projects that show that designers are capable, not only in developing new products and services, but also in building global value chains that allow artisans to access new markets. Through these projects, designers transfer innovation capabilities to communities, enabling them to connect with partners worldwide.
However, this field is still not recognized as a research field in design and there are very few courses which aim to form professionals capable to replicate successful experiences in other contexts. This is also due to the fact that, up to today, design tools applied have not yet been codified.
Although the methods and tools identified in the projects still require confrontation and verification in other contexts, the catalogue of projects collected throughout the research is the first of its kind and the hope is for it to be a starting point for an international debate on design methods and tools applicable in this research area.
Of these posts, 15 case studies have been picked out to be analysed in depth.
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Monday, 16 March 2015
The African Fabbers project is a social innovation and non-profit initiative promoted by Urban FabLab. The project is based on the idea of bridging the African and the European makers communities through workshops, collaborative projects, talks etc.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
In occasione del Fuori Salone della settimana del Design a Milano, la prima edizione di Design & il sud del mondo mira a promuovere il confronto tra ‘domanda e offerta progettuale’ a sostegno di comunità, territori, piccole imprese e artigiani del sud delmondo.
7-22/4 2012 h.10-24
Circolo ACLI di Lambrate
via, via Conte Rosso 5
Friday, 13 January 2012
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
COOPI propone l’asta “BAGS For AFRICA” con l’intento di promuovere una moda solidale.
L'iniziativa prevede il coinvolgimento di grandi maisons e stilisti italiani, tra cui i soci di Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, che si impegneranno a mettere all’asta un borsa della loro collezione o creata appositamente per l’occasione. Il ricavato dei pezzi battuti sarà interamente devoluto ai progetti di COOPI “Un futuro per le giovani mamme di Ziguinchor” in Senegal e “D come sviluppo. Il futuro della Sierra Leone è Donna”.
Saturday, 25 June 2011
OpenIDEO has partnered with the Holistic Social Business Movement (HSBM) of Caldas – a joint venture between the Grameen Creative Lab and the Government of Caldas, Colombia – to consider how social businesses can improve the health of low-income communities in Colombia and around the world. Together, with your help, we hope to develop a set of implementable and high impact solutions to support and promote social business development and improve health in low-income areas like Caldas, where 26% of the population lives in extreme poverty.
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Using technology we create mass market potential for an easy-to-wear line of clothing based on the idea that each piece is handmade and completely unique. The uniqueness of each item allows us to provide traceability right down to the weaver that hand-wove the fabric. The stories of how that item was created, of the people involved, of the customers who purchased them, are the essence of the the e-commerce social network which we have built as a meeting place for a community that shares our brand values of authenticity, transparency, uniqueness and both social and environmental responsibility.
Sunday, 30 January 2011
Sono pezzi unici creati da Krizia, Gianfranco Ferre' e altri grandi stilisti. Le borse di "Bags For Africa" vanno all'asta giovedi' 27 gennaio a Milano. Il ricavato sosterra' due importanti progetti di COOPI in Senegal e Sierra Leone.
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Design has the power to transform more than just space.
It can positively change our planet, our environment, and people’s lives. Welcome to 3form Full Circle- a class of sustainable and impactful products, a program, a creed, and a belief put into action.
Sos Design è nato nell’ottobre del 2001. L’ 11 settembre l’occidente era stato colpito e aveva deciso di aprire un fronte di difesa/offesa in Afghanistan. In segno di autonomia etico/economica Emergency aveva rinunciato alla quota di finanziamenti pubblici che riceveva per le attività mediche sui fronti di guerra. In un articolo a tutta pagina su laRepubblica Gino Strada invitava la società civile ad aiutarli a reintegrare i fondi rifiutati. Noi avevamo da poco fondato una società che si occupava di comunicazione con una forte attenzione al mondo del Design, e ci siamo chiesti cosa si potesse fare per risponde all'appello. E così, di domenica, in quei silenzi carichi di soluzioni, abbiamo progettato Sos Design: il primo format di raccolta fondi espressamente attivo nel mondo Design.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
'Fa' la cosa giusta!, which is open to the public, attracted 50,000 visitors in 2009 and the fair has become a benchmark for the exchange of ideas and solutions for sustainable lifestyles amongst consumers, organisations and institutions in Italy.
The EcoChic Milan Exhibition will consist of 18 of the eco-couture garments that were created specifically for 'EcoChic Geneva', which Green2greener co-organised with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) at the Palais des Nations, the United Nations' headquarters in Geneva, in January 2010.
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
One for One
TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about. The TOMS One for One business model transforms our customers into benefactors, which allows us to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support.
Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.
Friday, 20 November 2009
REFRESH collection created by designers Lucas Van Vugt, João Parenti and Marcia Gervastok during straatceramica project and the hanger Cabide STRAAT designed by Takeshi Sumi at straatbambu project can be found at Brazilian TOK&STOK stores.
Designer: Takeshi Sumi,Producer: Kotybambu
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
You were impressed by our selection of shawls, cushions and bed linen in the 'Talents à la Carte' showcase at the Maison & Objet Exhibition, September 2009…
We hope we'll have the pleasure of showing you the full range of our textiles at our private Exhibition & Sale in Paris, 3–5 December, 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
WomenWeave is an organization dedicated to empowering and improving the lives of women who weave in rural India. Its goal is to make handloom a profitable, fulfilling and sustainable income-earning activity for women.
Moving towards this objective, WomenWeave follows a holistic approach towards the weavers it works with. Alongside design, skill-enhancement and marketing interventions, WomenWeave also undertakes health, education and childcare initiatives. Overall, the idea is to have happy, healthy and empowered women who make a constructive contribution to their families and to society.
WomenWeave is a registered Charitable Trust, supporting the role of women in handloom weaving since 2002.
Headquartered in Mumbai, it has a field office in Maheshwar, Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh.
Saturday, 26 September 2009
With experience in textile design and retail, Lulu and Nat have created a modern, vibrant collection with an exotic Indian edge. Handcrafted and made in India using traditional techniques, each piece is completely unique and nothing is mass-produced. The result is a beautiful selection of hand-printed bedlinen, embroidered wall hangings and embellished cushions - all in Lulu & Nat's signature Anglo-Indian style.
Since it was set up in 2008, Lulu & Nat's client list has grown and now includes prestigious London stores such as Designers Guild, SCP, the Cross and Liberty, as well as designer childrenswear shop Bonton in Paris.
Monday, 7 September 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
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