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February, 2020

Eco-social innovation: the need of a new design culture
Ezio Manzini, DESIS President
Are there, or are there potentially, social innovations motivated by environmental concerns (or which integrate traditional social motivations with clear and explicit environmental motivations)? If so, what does design do, or what could design do, to promote and support the search for these eco-social innovations? And, to do so, should it change its culture? (continue reading).

DESIS Students - Improving the participation in DESIS Network
Carla Cipolla, DESIS Coordinator
Students have always been essential to DESIS Network. The last DESIS Assembly in Bogotà included a discussion about the role of students in DESIS Network. It was a consensus that DESIS Network works mainly based on activities promoted by professors. Since them, we at DESIS coordination have been exploring the possibilities of developing an initiative “by” students themselves, or by professors to increase the direct participation of students. (continue reading)

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Conversations 2020: Students as a powerful driving force for DESIS
Carla Cipolla, DESIS Coordinator and UFRJ Rio DESIS Lab
DESIS Conversations 2020 have been a discussion about the present and the future of social innovation, design and sustainability. The opening contribution, from our DESIS president Ezio Manzini, included the question: what we are doing collaborates to make concrete the sense of environmental urgency that we all should feel today? (continue reading)

DESIS Philosophy Talk #7.1: "Designing as politics of nature"
This new series will tackle a particularly urgent issue emerging from current design experimentation: that to be able to reach beyond solely human concerns when designing, looking at them in their radical interrelationship with the ones of the planet in which we happen to live. (more info)

New book: "Design for Social Innovation and Services" (DxSIS)
We happily announce that the second book of DESIS Thematic Areas, entitled "Design for Social Innovation and Services", is on its final production stages. The publication should be released on next June, during Cumulus Conference Rome 2020, in Rome. If you miss the release of the first book, "Design for Social Innovation and Cities", click here to read more about it.

Cumulus Conference Rome 2020
Later this year, in June, the Annual Cumulus Conference will be held in Rome with the aim to house and to foster the international debate on the current cultural, social, and economic challenges in design. To read more about it, click here.

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