1st Edition

Design for Social Innovation Case Studies from Around the World

    418 Pages 221 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    418 Pages 221 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The United Nations, Australia Post, and governments in the UK, Finland, Taiwan, France, Brazil, and Israel are just a few of the organizations and groups utilizing design to drive social change. Grounded by a global survey in sectors as diverse as public health, urban planning, economic development, education, humanitarian response, cultural heritage, and civil rights, Design for Social Innovation captures these stories and more through 45 richly illustrated case studies from six continents.

    From advocating to understanding and everything in between, these cases demonstrate how designers shape new products, services, and systems while transforming organizations and supporting individual growth.

    How is this work similar or different around the world? How are designers building sustainable business practices with this work? Why are organizations investing in design capabilities? What evidence do we have of impact by design? Leading practitioners and educators, brought together in seven dynamic roundtable discussions, provide context to the case studies.

    Design for Social Innovation is a must-have for professionals, organizations, and educators in design, philanthropy, social innovation, and entrepreneurship. This book marks the first attempt to define the contours of a global overview that showcases the cultural, economic, and organizational levers propelling design for social innovation forward today.

    Table of Contents


    1. Geographies of Power
      1. Roundtable
        1. Mariana Amatullo (moderator)
        2. Fatou Wurie, UNICEF
        3. Ahmed Ansari, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, New York University
        4. Shana Agid, Parsons School of Design, The New School

      2. Cases Studies
        1. El Calendario del Mundo Wixárika (Calendar of the Wixárika), D4D Lab with University of Florida Graphic Design
        2. Edmonton Shift Lab Collective 1.0, Edmonton Shift Lab
        3. Pink Dot SG, Pink Dot SG
        4. Equity by Design Immersive Series, Creative Reaction Lab
        5. Paths to Inclusion Vienna, Wonderwerk Consulting
        6. Digua Community, Wei Xingyu, Gao Qing, Lin Mucun, Guo Xi and Zhou Zishu

    2. Trajectories of International Development
      1. Roundtable
        1. Isabella Gady and Jenny Liu (moderators)
        2. Ayah Younis, Ahlan Simsim, International Rescue Committee
        3. Sarah Fathallah, Independent designer, researcher, and educator
        4. Robert Fabricant, Dalberg Design

      2. Case Studies
        1. Beyond Bias, YLabs
        2. Mahali Lab, Airbel Impact Lab
        3. Nawe Nuze Innovation Hub, CARE USA Innovation Team and CARE Burundi Task Force
        4. The Human Account, Dalberg Design
        5. Redesigning U-Report, UNICEF Office of Innovation
        6. Yala Food Market, Agirre Lehendakaria Center

    3. Organizing the Work
      1. Roundtable
        1. Bryan Boyer (moderator)
        2. Alexandra Fiorillo, GRID Impact
        3. Christian Bason, Danish Design Centre
        4. Tessy Britton, Participatory City

      2. Case Studies
        1. Involved, Policy Lab (UK Government)
        2. Design Harvests, Studio TEKTAO & College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University
        3. Community Housing Start-Up Process, Fondazione Housing Sociale
        4. Boxing Future Health, Danish Design Centre
        5. Financial Literacy for Ecuadorian Microentrepreneurs, GRID Impact
        6. Thüringer Church Hostels, studioetcetera, Berlin
        7. Every One Every Day, Participatory City Foundation

    4. Navigating Partnerships
      1. Roundtable
        1. Jennifer May (moderator)
        2. Fumiko Ichikawa, Think-and-Do Tank Re:public
        3. Jesper Christiansen, States of Change
        4. Vivek Chondagar, Tata Consultancy Services
        5. Nandana Chakraborty, Tata Consultancy Services

      2. Case Studies
        1. Digital Impact Square, Tata Consultancy Services
        2. Mapeo Digital, Perpendicular
        3. Izmirsea, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Directorate of Urban Design and Aesthetics
        4. Spiro Wave, Spiro Wave, LLC
        5. The Nest, Tel-Aviv-Yafo Municipality
        6. X-School, Re:public Inc

    5. Mediums of Change
      1. Roundtable
        1. Bryan Boyer (moderator)
        2. Ramia Mazé, London College of Communications, University of the Arts London
        3. Jan Chipchase, Studio D
        4. Debbie Aung Din, Proximity Designs

      2. Cases Studies
        1. Game-Based Menstrual Hygiene Education, Nairobi Design Institute
        2. Beegin, Ivan Leroy Brown and Angus Donald Campbell
        3. MAFA, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
        4. Paddy to Plate, Proximity Designs and Studio D Radiodurans
        5. Brazilian Government Supplier Registration System, GNova
        6. Right2CityforAll, UN Women Kosovo Office and UN Habitat

    6. Measuring Impact
      1. Roundtable
        1. Mariana Amatullo (moderator)
        2. Joyce Yee, School of Design, Northumbria University
        3. Chris Larkin, IDEO.org
        4. Stuart Candy, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

      2. Case Studies
        1. City of Rain, Isla Urbana
        2. Hospitable Hospice, The Care Lab
        3. La Transfo, La 27e Région
        4. Acciones de Paz, Feeling
        5. Kuja Kuja, IDEO.org
        6. Throwing Car Culture Under the Bus, Limestone District School Board
        7. The Future Is Now, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

    7. Positioning for Growth
      1. Roundtable
        1. Andrew Shea (moderator)
        2. Gabriella Gómez-Mont, Experimentalista
        3. Indy Johar, Project 00 and Dark Matter Labs
        4. Panthea Lee, Reboot

      2. Case Studies
        1. Australia Post Neighbourhood Welcome Program, Craig Walker Design + Innovation
        2. Solo Koto Kita, Kota Kita Foundation
        3. Civil Society Innovation Hubs, Reboot
        4. g0v Civic Tech Community, g0v
        5. Kamu Chatbot, Inland Design
        6. Help Delhi Breathe, Purpose PBC
        7. Pakistan Sign Language, Designist

    8. Methodology
    9. Acknowledgments
    10. International Advisors
      1. Names and affiliations

    11. Roundtable Contributors
      1. Names and bios

    12. Case Studies: Appendix of References
    13. Index


    Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Boyer, Jennifer May, Andrew Shea

    ‘All in all, without being pretentious, idealizing, or hiding its vulnerabilities, this book serves as a veritable design for social innovation compendium... The book is available for open access consultation and learning to widen our knowledge of the field and its subtleties so that we may develop collective trust, learn from each other’s failures and resilience, increase the legitimacy of design for social innovation enough to earn a seat at the table where decisions are made, communicate outcomes via diverse trusted mediums, and enhance practice among others. It is a read for all. Equally valuable and useful for students and new and well-seasoned practitioners, whether they already work in design for social innovation or want to move into the field. The entire collection is exceptionally well organized and clear, offering information in all shades of grey, written and visual—as much a very enjoyable read as a rigorous one!’

    Carolina Escobar-Tello, She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, Volume 8, Issue 2, 2022, Pages 291-293, ISSN 2405-8726, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sheji.2022.06.002. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405872622000247)