Liliane Iten Chaves
The article clarifies concepts incorporated to Design for sustainability, exposing differences and
convergences among the terms. Distributed Economy, Collaborative Network and Creative Communities are
concepts linked to Design for Social Innovation. The article begins by defining the context in which Social
Innovations are understood as beneficial for the environment and for social restructuring. It presents a
concept of Design for Social Innovation and, from a brief bibliographical review, describes how the other
concepts (Distributed Economy, Collaborative Networks and Creative Communities) are related to this theme
and to the Design for Sustainability field.