*Else Skjold, Design School Kolding, Denmark
Canan Akoglu, Design School Kolding, Denmark
Suzan Boztepe, Malmö University, Sweden
Anders Haug, Southern Danish University, Denmark
Mathilde Seerup, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
Over the past two decades, reaching out beyond the design community gave design considerable leverage for business innovation and organizational change. With its capability to connect stakeholders, users and products both upstream and downstream in the value chain, design has expanded its focus from products to services, systems, strategies, policy and more. As a result, today design is more and more engaged with organizational or societal change and development. The design community claims that design is able to provide solutions to super-wicked problems such as sustainability, by transforming global issues of social, economic and environmental imbalances for better. However, at the same time, design’s existing work as a change agent lies for the most part within the boundaries of the existing economic and social order. In an age where the dominant economic and governance models are viewed to be the cause of many crises, the calls for alternative futures are growing.
The aim of this track is to explore whether design may act as the primary force behind large-scale economic and social transformation that moves beyond the existing economic and social order. Papers are welcome exploring various aspects of transformative design work including including, but not limited to, the following questions:
• Could design indeed pave the way for alternative futures that move beyond the existing economic and social order—and, if so, how?
• Could design contribute to actual transformation if it continues to remain within the current economic and social logics?
• What design practices, knowledge and skills exist that are relevant to large-scale transformative work?
• How could design navigate the complexities of designing for interconnected social, economic, political and natural systems?
• What role, if any, existing practices such as social innovation play in pushing the limits of the current economic and social order?
Of particular interest are case studies where design fosters innovation of systems, services, strategies or products that stray away from current growth logics and provide new and productive alternatives to social and economic transformation.
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