A Typology of Social Design, Tuesday 13 March 2012, 6:00-7:15 pm

Speaker  Cameron Tonkinwise, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, and New School DESISLab

The Young Foundation
18 Victoria Park Square
London E2 9PF

Tickets (sold out):  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3008521569/estw

Biog I am the Chair of Social Business Design developing the School of Design Strategies’ offerings in the areas of strategic design, sustainable design and service design. I am also the Co-Chair of the Tishman Environment Design Center, managing the New School’s university-wide degree programs in Environmental Studies. My background is in continental philosophy (particularly Heidegger) and throughout the ’90s I worked for the EcoDesign Foundation and then led Change Design, not-for-profit think-tanks critically advancing the practice of sustainable design. My current research focuses on design-enabled sharing of products and resources. twitter  @camerontw

Topic – A typology of social design
Something called “social design” has emerged over the past decade. People practicing as designers now work in a range of contexts from healthcare, to education, to humanitarian work, not just designing logos or products but concerned with designing solutions to public and social problems. The social or public sector is not just a new context for designers to work, but also potentially a challenge to the premises upon which industrial and product design were founded. In this talk Cameron will suggest some ways of thinking about social design. This draws on a two-year project from the New School’s Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Lab, Amplifying Creative Communities, which aimed to research, promote and amplify community-based solutions for sustainability.

Who should come
Designers, project mangers working in social innovation, social entrepreneurs, policy advisors, service providers, think tanks, activists, investors, educators, researchers.

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