Author: Virginia Tassinari

In the face of a democracy in crisis, in all its forms, and convinced that democracy’s core principles are more valid today than ever, we propose a discussion around the following question: Can the experiences of participatory design in general, and the ones of design for social innovation in particular, help to update and upgrade the ideas and practices of democracy (and, specifically, those of participative democracy)? In order to start this discussion a scenario is proposed, i.e. a scenario of a collaborative, design-based democracy.

Inside/Outside: Working our way out of the damaged now (Design as dialectics) is a discourse manifested as an exhibition of experimental design work at the San Francisco State University Design Gallery from February 16 to March 30 with a discussion in the gallery on March 1 from 4-6pm. The exhibition is curated by Joshua Singer and Virginia Tassinari and is in collaboration with DESIS Philosophy Talk @Studio Time and LUCA Arts DESIS Lab.

The DESIS Philosophy Talks @Studio Time is new initiative resulting from the collaboration between DESIS Network/DESIS Philosophy Talks and Z33 Research/Studio Time. This research project is a new travelling series of reflections and actions that will be held in different places around the world, and involve scholars from a wide range of disciplines. The aim […]

Presently, we encounter a wide variety of ways in which designers tell stories of social innovation. This encouraged us to start a reflection on the idea of storytelling emerging from our practices, and to look at it from multiple perspectives. We have done so through conversations with designers, researchers, philosophers, as well as practitioners and […]

INSIDE/OUTSIDE Working our way out of the damaged now is an exhibition and symposium in February 2017 at the San Francisco State University Design Gallery in collaboration with DESIS Philosophy Talk and DESIS Lab LUCA Arts. The exhibition will be in the form of a collection of resources, ideas, artefacts–a kind of wunderkammer–whose aim to […]

University of the Arts, London (UK) – April 5, 2016 – 14:30-17:30 Theme  The world we are used to seeing as solid is eroding and everything seems to be shifting very fast. In Europe, migrants are the most tragic, visible and tangible dimension of a larger, on-going change: in highly-connected, modern societies, family, neighborhood, and […]

18th September 2014, Cape Town. The event is hosted by CPUT in collaboration with DESIS Network Resilience  (i.e. system’s capacity to cope with stress and failures without collapsing and learning from the experience) is today a widely used and discussed term. Until now, this has been done considering mainly its technical, economic, functional dimensions. This […]