1st Edition

Entanglements of Designing Social Innovation in the Asia-Pacific

Edited By Yoko Akama, Joyce Yee Copyright 2024
    236 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Rooted in the places, cultures, histories, and wisdom of the diverse Asia-Pacific region, this book gathers heterogeneous practices of designing social innovation that address various social, political, and environmental challenges.

    In contrast to dominant notions of design from the Global North that evolved through industrialisation and modernist thinking, the examples in this book speak to designing that is embodied, relational, temporal, ontological, and entangled deeply with ecologies. This edited volume shares rich and detailed stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Samoa, Thailand, Vanuatu and a continent now called Australia, that offer honest and critical reflections from practitioners and scholars on designing social innovation. Contributors explore issues of ethics, politics, and positionality in their work. This book highlights the importance of respecting multiple knowledge streams, worldviews, and practices situated in a place. This then supports a plurality of designing social innovation. In all, this book offers ways to sharpen focus on entangled pluralities as a central condition for designing. It is a contribution of hope and inspiration that are becoming more urgently needed in the volatile uncertainties of this world.

    This book will be of interest to scholars working in social innovation, service design, social design, participatory design, design anthropology, and Asian studies.

    1. Introduction: Inter-related worldviews of designing social innovation

    Yoko Akama and Joyce Yee

    Section 1

    2. Teu le vā: “Nurture the space in-between” when Designing with Communities

    Marion Muliaumaseali’i and Yoko Akama

    3. Inter-generational care of ecologies through social learning

    Fadzilah Majid Cooke, Joyce Yee and Yoko Akama

    4Place-based Citizen Science as a Heartware approach to build shared values and capacity for watershed management

    Zeeda Fatimah Mohamad

    5. Rescripting The Absurd in Indonesia

    Victoria Gerrard and Prananda Luffiansyah Malasan

    Section 2

     6. Infrastructuring resilience for sustaining ecosystems: a story from Chikugo, Japan

    Yoko Akama et al.

    7. Calling on “aunties” and “nieces”: Empowering women in creative sectors in Southeast Asia through designing mentorship

    Joyce Yee, Khemmiga Teerapong, and Yoko Akama

    8. Dynamics of power & participation: lessons from Cambodia and Thailand

    Isaac Lyne and Istvan Rado

    9Relationships matter: the role of family-like bonds and interdependency in designing social innovation practices

    Khemmiga Teerapon et al. 

    Section 3 

    10. Tikanga-led design: Whānau-led Innovation for System Transformation

    Angie Tangaere and Penny Hagen

    11. Design tools for the pluriverse: proposals for designing public services

    Paula Hardie and Bec Barnett

    12. Examining design orientations through Indigenous Filipino strengths perspective

    Kristoffer Santos

     13. Reflections on the role of participants and practitioners in situating participatory design practices

    Klaus Oberbauer and Will Scott-Kemmis

    14. Uncovering tracks: Towards conscious, embodied international development practice in the Pacific

    Amy Green

    15. Learning to see oneself, in community: An inquiry into what makes collaborative design come alive within a community in Myanmar

    Rochelle Ardesher




    Yoko Akama is Associate Professor at RMIT University, School of Design, Australia.

    Joyce Yee is Professor at Northumbria University, School of Design, United Kingdom.