TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) is an ambitious research project that will develop a theory of transformative social innovation which is about empowerment and change in society.

It is co-funded by the European Commission and runs for four years, from January 2014 until December 2017. TRANSIT will utilize a research method which encourages feedback from social entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers and academics to develop a theory with practical relevance. The theory will be based on insights from other theories e.g. transition theory, social movement theory and institutional theory. The research project studies how social innovation can bring about empowerment and societal transformation.

DESIS Relevance for TRANSIT

DESIS Network’s main aim is to use design to trigger, enable and scale-up social innovation.  That is: to enhance its potential; to raise its visibility; to facilitate its transferability; to increase its synergy; and to stimulate new initiatives.  With local, regional and global partners, it wants to co-create socially relevant scenarios, solutions and communication programs related to social innovation that are adequate to the great challenges of contemporary society.

The TSI – Transformative Social Innovation – Narrative short report presents the case of DESIS Network.

Reading the report below, it is possible to identify part of the arguments presented in the DESIS Assembly in Kolding, regarding the importance of mapping what is and on what topics the network works.

TRANSIT – DESIS TSI Narrative