Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability, DESIS, has published a public and collaborative book presenting reflections on efforts of DESIS Labs in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Per-Anders Hillgren from Malmö University DESIS Lab shares learnings from Malmö Living Labs project.
In the book titled ”Public and collaborative, Exploring the intersection of design, social innovation and public policy” 11 articles present, from a critical perspective, the labs’ projects and activities during the past two years. The book opens with Christian Bason’s paper, Discovering Co-production by Design. In this paper Bason, Director of Denmark’s MindLab, proposes a broad view of how design is entering the public realm and the policymaking processes.
Per-Anders Hillgren, one of the researchers involved in Forum for Social Innovation Sweden, delivers some valuable insights from a swedish design lab for social innovation. In Hillgrens paper ”Participatory design for social and public innovation: Living Labs as spaces for agonistic experiments and friendly hacking”, he presents some learning’s and reflection on what role Malmö University can take, as a design school, when running a DESIS lab where they approach several urgent challenges our society is facing today.
“Though social innovation deals with complex problems that cannot be easily negotiated into consensus and within which people will inevitably disagree when you make solutions more concrete, agonism has emerged as a fruitful approach to frame our experiments within.”