Strategic Design and Social Innovation

April 19, 2013


The intersection of design and social innovation is attracting growing attention. An increasing number of practitioners and enthusiasts are convinced that strategic design is key to unlocking some of today’s most pressing challenges. But what does it mean in practice? How are leading practitioners employing strategic design to inform policy, generate new enterprises and shake systems?
In a presentation presented by Parsons DESIS Lab and the Centre for Social Innovation, these questions will be addressed by some of the leading voices from the Helsinki Design Lab at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, who have been using a strategic design process to invent new means of effecting change in policy, business, and civil society. The Helsinki Design Lab’s experience will be used as a jumping off point for a critical exploration of the role of design in the processes of social change.