Continuing Professional Development
Design for Social Innovation
Social innovation is an emerging mode of creative and participatory human-centred practice which seeks to address societal challenges such as wellbeing, healthcare, homelessness, ageing, poverty, public service delivery and unemployment. It can be seen as a design-led activity. Design for social innovation is therefore the emerging mode of design practice and theory in which design thinking is applied to social and societal challenges. The co-production of design outcomes, moreover, sees designers acting as facilitators and enablers, rather than authors, of these outcomes. This module, part of the MA Sustainable Design course is now offered as continuing professional development. It focuses on the development of design-based research skills and capabilities useful for responding to real-world challenges or so-called 'wicked problems'. Emphasis is placed on problem-finding and problem-setting, rather than simply seeking solutions to problems as they are currently expressed.