Brazil, Porto Alegre, UNISINOS DESIS Lab

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Name: UNISINOS DESIS Lab

City: Porto Alegre

Country: Brazil

Coordinators:

  • Prof. PhD Ione Maria Ghislene Bentz (ioneb@unisinos.br)
  • and Prof. PhD Gustavo Severo de Borba (gborba@unisinos.br)

Operational manager: PhD, Carlo Franzato (cfranzato@unisinos.br)

Mail Address: Rua Luiz Manoel Gonzaga, 744. Bairro Três Figueiras – Porto Alegre – RS. CEP: 90470-280

Telephone: +5551 3591-1100

Hosting institution: Design Graduate Program of Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS

Background and objectives
Our research group was created on 2010, based at Design Graduate Program of UNISINOS University. We are involved in the study and practice of cultural and social innovation processes. The members’ background is rather heterogeneous (Design, Arts, Administration, Communication and Engineering), but they recognize Design as a shared method to develop cultural and social innovation processes. The group started with a speculative emphasis, studying the design influence on cultural production in different sectors, such as education and media, but soon integrated applied research to its repertory. Today, the group is focusing its interest on cultural and social innovation processes that are developed within creative ecosystems, i.e. open, networked communities that foster cultural and social innovation through design and entrepreneurship.

Objectives:

  • Identify design processes which characterize creative ecosystems and that promote social and cultural innovation;
  • Describe design process relations of creative ecosystems;
  • Describe relations that creative ecosystems establish with society and how they reverberate in new convivial and collaborative ways of acting and interacting;
  • Define the conditions that allow strategic design knowledge to contribute to the design process of creative ecosystems thus enabling and supporting creativity to express and manifest itself all around society;
  • Analyse the actions of ”organizactors” (i.e. organizations that play a main role in creative ecosystems) in network based design process;
  • Promote local projects that foster cultural and social innovation.

Primary research areas and activities
Primary research areas are connected to strategic design for social and cultural innovation. This is explored and unfolded through the various and multidisciplinary competencies of the group, with special interest in healthcare, education; urban development; activism; creative networks; and social entrepreneurship. Besides, the lab researches design process, methods and approaches that can foster these kinds of innovations like participatory design and co-design approaches strategic and service design, on-field research, and scenario building.
Some of our current main research activities are: critical review of the scientific literature about creative ecosystems and social and cultural innovation; local creative ecosystems mapping; case study of Brazilian creative ecosystems; participatory observation of creative ecosystems’ activity for investigating and unrevealing hidden key elements of process and project implementation; postgraduate courses and seminars, and workshops. Actually, we develop these activities with a strong dialogue with students’ projects, both from undergraduate and postgraduate, that feds research activity and process.

List of projects and research

PROJECTS:
OCUPE&ABRACE, 2013. An exploratory approach was used to understand how Strategic Design, as a social innovation methodology could be used to motivate collaborative solutions in the city of São Paulo. www.ocupeeabrace.com.br

Rede SOW: A Knowledge exchange platform for Taquara’s community”, 2013. Funders: Secretaria de Ciência, Inovação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico do Rio Grande do Sul and Faculdades Integradas de Taquara. It is a digital platform to promote integration between school and local community.

People:

  • Carlo Franzato
  • Chiara Del Gaudio
  • Fábio Pezzi Parode
  • Gustavo Severo de Borba
  • Ione Maria Ghislene Bentz
  • Karine de Mello Freire

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