The following activities will be run in the breakaway sessions at GDC in the afternoons. Delegates may select one session per afternoon. The Working Groups run over the two days.

 

Monday

1)    Cumulus Working Group: Cumulus Leadership and Strategy Inspired by the Vision of Nelson Mandela

Leaders: Elsabette Gerner Nielsen and Desmond Laubscher

Description: This group will run over both afternoons and aims to draw on the inspirational work and through of the late South African president, Nelson Mandela, and mapping out design programmes.

2)    Cumulus Working Group: Sustainability

Leader: Tim Rumage

Description: This group will run over both afternoons and seeks to explore a range of issues relevant to Sustainability, particularly in the African context. It is envisaged that members will debate issues and share practice around methodologies for teaching sustainability, what the main sustainability challenges are, and sharing cases of good practice in the field.

3)    Stories from the field: GDC’s 10Percent Initiative Explained

Leader: Various GDC lecturing staff

Description: These workshops address the challenges and rewards of conducting socially responsible design education initiatives from the perspective of the educators and students involved. A mix of different speakers will bring to the fore their personal journey’s and growth stemming from their particular encounters with ‘design for the other 90%’

4)    Workshop: Integrating socially responsible design in the curriculum via a community engagement initiative: GDC’s recount of 10Percent

Leaders: Ivor Templer, Kathryn Pope and Robin Turner

Description: The workshop will run on Monday afternoon. It is aimed especially at curriculum developers and educational managers, and will explore the pedagogical and logistical issues GDC has encountered in running the 10Percent Community Engagement Initiative. The workshop hopes to highlight debates and tensions as well as to showcase how it has attempted to respond to these.

5)    DESIS General Assembly

Leaders: Virginia Tassinari and Anna Meroni

Description: This is the first general assembly of the DESIS association. It is the physical/digital meeting of all the Lab Coordinators and the representatives of invited Partners (non DESIS Members Universities interested to the activities of the Association). It is the opportunity to discuss and showcase the existing Labs’ activities, and formally admit new ones, to discuss the on-going initiatives and formally confirm the proposed ones, to share the progresses of the International Coordination Program. Further details will be provided for the participation of the DESIS Labs and the invited partners.

 

Tuesday

1)    Cumulus Working Group: Cumulus Leadership and Strategy Inspired by the Vision of Nelson Mandela

Continued from Monday (see above)

2)    Cumulus Working Group: Sustainability

Continued from Monday (see above)

3)    Workshop: Stories from the field: GDC’s 10Percent Initiative Explained

Leader: Various GDC lecturing staff

Description: These workshops address the challenges and rewards of conducting socially responsible design education initiatives from the perspective of the educators and students involved. A mix of different speakers will bring to the fore their personal journey’s and growth stemming from their particular encounters with ‘design for the other 90%’

4)    Workshop: The Desire of the Medium

Leader: Marc Boumeester

Description: This workshop seeks to invigorate speculative pragmatism as a means of tapping not into the world-of-design, but into the relation of exteriority or the design-of-world. It draws on simple yet efficient concepts as:  follow and lead, learn by teaching, teach by learning and the use of heuristics as a design mechanism. It is not about the philosophy of design but about design to the power of philosophy. Its direct goal is to formulate an initial set of mental beacons and conceptual roadmaps for the development of a new paradigm for the design of education in art and design. It will consist of an introductory lecture defining the existing problems, group wise explorations of key concepts and discussion on ‘methodology’, defining alternative modes of thought and finally the formulation of specified intervention proposals.

5)    Workshop: DESIS Forum and Showcase: Informal, formal and Collaborative (IFC): Service design for social innovation in underserved communitieWorkshop: DESIS Forum and Showcase: Informal, formal and Collaborative (IFC): service design for social innovation in underserved communities
 
23 September 2014, an initiative back-to-back with the Cumulus Conference Johannesburg
http://www.cumulusjohannesburg.co.za/index.php/wrokshop-registration/

Description:

The definition of collaborative services was created when research activities on design for social innovation identified in social innovation cases, types of service interactions based on collaborations, on which all participants are active co-producers of commonly recognized benefits. The objective of the forum is to discuss the potencial of the collaborative services from the underserved communities’ perspective. Specifically it will be focused on how service design for social innovation can promote a new generation of services in these contexts. It is combined with a DESIS Showcase: a presentation of a series of social innovation projects briefly explained through a same narrative template which allows to highlight common issues. The forum is based on the work developed in the thematic cluster Informal, Formal and Collaborative (http://www.desis-ifc.org) which are being developed by DESIS labs located on Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, US and India.

The forum will be organized as follows:
1 - Showcase of social innovation cases send by Cumulus conference participants (4 selected cases): 30 min

2 - Showcase of social innovation cases on underserved communities (cases from IFC thematic cluster members): 30 min

3 - Round table: Perspectives for service design in underserved communities: 2 hours
 
Moderator: Ezio Manzini, DESIS Network

Confirmed participants from DESIS Labs:
Richie Moalosi and Shorn Molokwane - University of Botswana
Lorraine Amollo - University of Nairobi
Carla Cipolla - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Mariana Amatullo - Art Center College of Design, Designmatters
Andrés Villela Ch. - DuocUC Chile

Cumulus conference participants are invited to submit cases for the Showcase, using the template available below:
 
2014_PrjFormat_Empty_4.ppt  

2014_DESIS_projects_new_template_2.docx

http://www.desis-network.org/sites/default/files/2014_PrjFormat_Example_0.ppt
 
Deadline: 1st September 2014
 
Additional informations and submissions: cases@desis-ifc.orgs

 

 

 


 1) Cumulus Working Group: Cumulus Leadership and Strategy Inspired by the Vision of Nelson Mandela
 2) Cumulus Working Group: Sustainability
 3) Stories from the field: GDC’s 10Percent Initiative Explained
 4) Workshop: Integrating socially responsible design in the curriculum via a community engagement initiative: GDC’s recount of 10Percent
 5) DESIS General Assembly
 1) Cumulus Working Group: Cumulus Leadership and Strategy Inspired by the Vision of Nelson Mandela
 2) Cumulus Working Group: Sustainability
 3) Workshop: Stories from the field: GDC’s 10Percent Initiative Explained
 4) Workshop: The Desire of the Medium
 5) Workshop: DESIS Forum and Showcase
 

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