Future Talks

Social Design Talk 16: Designing social design toolkits


Date Monday 7 April 1830
Location Seminar room E002, Central Saint Martins, London
Speakers: Geke van Dijk (STBY), Ayush Chauhan (Quicksand – via skype from Delhi) and Theo Keane (NESTA)
Respondent: Ezio Manzini (DESIS)

This Social Design Talk is jointly organized with the UAL DESIS Lab.

This talk will share the experiences of the team who created the Development Impact and You (DIY) Toolkit published online in March 2014. Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, initiated and project managed by NESTA, and designed and developed by STBY and Quicksand, this toolkit aims to help people working in development to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results.

The design and development of the toolkit involved extensive prototyping with development professionals around the world through organisations such as UNDP, Oxfam and Social Innovation Exchange. It offers a suite of practical tools for social innovation, specially designed for people working in the development sector, and is a compilation of thirty tried and tested tools that have been brought together in one place to help practitioners innovate better.

This toolkit is the latest in a long line of toolkits and methods decks published in the past decade that aim to support innovation, including social innovation. During this Social Design Talk, three of the key people involved in the DIY Toolkit will reflect on the challenges they encountered in designing and prototyping something created to work in many different contexts of use, shaped by different political, cultural and organisational factors. They will discuss their collaborative approach to the research, development and design – which included co-design and international user testing across four continents. They will also look forward to explore the future utility of the tools to extend beyond their original scope.

This is a free talk, but to attend, please RSVP to Chloe Griffiths at CSM on c.griffith@csm.arts.ac.uk

All welcome.


12 Responses to Future Talks

  1. marney walker says:

    Please can you keep me updated of the future talks dates and venues

    very many thanks

    • guyjulier says:

      Of course! This website is updated as soon as dates and venues are confirmed. Info goes out on Twitter from Lucy Kimbell as well. Thanks for your interest.

  2. liorsmith says:

    Hello, where can i book tickets for Mariana Amatullo? Thanks

    • guyjulier says:

      Sorry I missed this question. Hope you found it okay. Tickets are available via eventbrite. A link is given on the relevant page for each talk.

  3. Hello. I´d like to know if at next December there´ll be some Future Talk. Thanks.

    • guyjulier says:

      Hi. Thanks for your enquiry. We have two talks in November (see ‘Future Talks) but nothing programmed for December yet. Keep checking the blog.

  4. Is there a confirmed time/venue for the Andrea Siodmok talk? Or the Steven Johnson talk?

  5. Hi Guy: Is there a confirmed time? (I am not sure I can make Andrea’s talk but am keen to get to Johnson’s.)

  6. Elaine says:


    Do you have a newsletter I could sign up to know about future talks and events?

    Thank you

    • guyjulier says:

      Thanks for yor enquiry. You can sign up to follow the blog by email. You will be automatically informed of updates, new events etc.

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