Social Design Talk 16: Designing social design toolkits

Date  Monday 7 April 1830
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. 

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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

All welcome.

About Lucy Kimbell

Director, Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London. AHRC research fellow, Policy Lab, Cabinet Office. Associate fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford. Author of Service Innovation Handbook. @lixindex
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One Response to Social Design Talk 16: Designing social design toolkits

  1. Pingback: Social Design Talk 16: Designing social design toolkits | Fred Zimny's Serve4impact

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