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
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
4. Place-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
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
9. Relationships matter: the role of family-like bonds and interdependency in designing social innovation practices
Khemmiga Teerapon et al.
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
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
15. Learning to see oneself, in community: An inquiry into what makes collaborative design come alive within a community in Myanmar