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Design and social innovation

Here are a few of our favourite publications on the role of design in developing innovative solutions to some of society's most pressing problems. 

Design and Social Innovation

Colin Burns, Hilary Cottam, Chris Vanstone and Jennie Winhall, Transformation Design, RED PAPER 02, London, Design Council, 2006

John Thackara, Designing in a Complex World, Cambridge, MIT Press, 2005

William McDonough and Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle, North Point Press, 2002.


The theoretical dimensions of social innovation are important. Some things will work because we had the right resources at the right time and our unseen theoretical commitments are a good fit. To sustain and replicate certain types of success, however, will...
What new categories and basic concepts can we create as a new common language to tackle the post-ironic challenges with new concepts that incoroprates "aufhebungs" of old categories and differences, such as Man-Female, Working-Learning, True-False, Left-Right...