30 October 2021 from 9:00-17:00 (GMT+08:00)

DESIS International symposium is an annual academic event of Jiangnan University under the framework of DESIS network. This online symposium is scheduled for October 30 and is a part of the 2021 Jiangnan University international conference on “Livelihood intelligence, Designing the Future  — Value Creation of Local Cultures”.

Today the crisis and global challenges, such as environment, health, regional conflicts and coronavirus pandemic are increasing dramatically. How to build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind, and create a harmonious society and a better world need both innovative solutions and cultural reconstruction. Professor Ezio Manzini believes that social innovation can bring an open, processual, situated and pluriversal ideas of culture to the contemporary society in transition. And it must be a design-oriented culture composed of diverse cultures. Therefore, social innovation is also a foremost cultural innovation.
With the theme of “Pluriversal Cultures and Global Crisis”, the Jiangnan University 2021 DESIS International Symposium intends to investigate the cultural dimension of social innovation and interpret social innovation from different cultural perspectives together with domestic and foreign experts and scholars. This symposium will not only concern on social innovation as an innovative way of problem solving, but also focus on it as a process of sense making, being construction of a new design culture. What is the relationship between social innovation and culture? How to interpret social innovation in the perspective of different cultures? How can new cultural ideas emerging from social innovation build a more correct, healthier and more sustainable culture, to become a new common sense of a community with a Shared Future for Mankind? These are key issues to be discussed at this symposium.

Please register through the following link for further details of the conference participation: 

and attend the meeting through Zoom:
Meeting ID:81342335768

More details of the conference will be updated soon online: http://sodcn.jiangnan.edu.cn/info/1074/4711.htm


Opening Remark
Time: 09:00-9:20(GMT+08:00)
HE Xiaoyou, Nanjing University of the Arts, China
WEI Jie, Jiangnan University, China
Ezio Manzini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Session 1 
Time: 09:20-11:45(GMT+08:00)
Speech 1: Design for Rural Cultural Ecology
Jian Li, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China

Speech 2: From Regional Culture to Digital Cultural Innovation
Yinman Guo, Hunan University, China

Speech 3: Culture of Ageing and Design for Ageing
Fang Zhong, Tsinghua University, China

Speech 4: Spatial Fix of Global Capital and Multicultural Cross-Regional Integration
Zishu Zhou, Central Academy of Fine Arts, China

Speech 5: Chinese Context of Social Innovations and Cultural Interpretation
Miaosen Gong, Jiangnan University, China

Panel Discussion 1:Chinese Context and Cultural Reflection

Session 2
Time: 13:45-17:00 (GMT+08:00)

Speech 6: Design for Social Innovation and the Climate Crisis
Teresa Franqueira, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Speech 7: Thinking Design for This Century
Lara Penin, Parsons School of Design, USA

Speech 8: Designing for Individuals or for Communities
Nicola Morelli, Aalborg University, Denmark

Speech 9: Cultural Dimension of Resilience and Sustainability: How to Survive in the Monopoly of Resources through Culturally Enriched Design Thinking
Alireza Ajdari, University of Tehran, Iran

Speech 10: Multum in Parvo: Cross-cultural Design Projects from Hong Kong
Sylvia Xihui Liu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Speech 11: The Culture of Nature: The Next Frontier of Sustainability Challenge is Ecological Awareness
Francesca Valsacchi, Tongji University, China

Panel Discussion 2: Common Crisis and Design Culture