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By Ezio Manzini

In a altering international all people designs: each one person individual and every collective topic, from businesses to associations, from groups to towns and areas, needs to outline and increase a lifestyles undertaking. occasionally those initiatives generate unparalleled strategies; occasionally they converge on universal targets and detect better ameliorations. As Ezio Manzini describes during this booklet, we're witnessing a wave of social recommendations as those adjustments spread -- an expansive open co-design approach within which new options are recommended and new meanings are created. Manzini distinguishes among diffuse layout (performed through every body) and professional layout (performed by means of those that were informed as designers) and describes how they have interaction. He maps what layout specialists can do to set off and help significant social adjustments, concentrating on rising different types of collaboration. those diversity from community-supported agriculture in China to electronic systems for therapy in Canada; from interactive storytelling in India to collaborative housing in Milan. those situations illustrate how specialist designers can help those collaborations -- making their lifestyles extra possible, their perform more straightforward, their diffusion and their convergence in greater initiatives more desirable. Manzini attracts the 1st finished photo of layout for social innovation: the main dynamic box of motion for either professional and nonexpert designers within the coming many years.

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In fact, a few years ago the term “design” was foreign to most of these professions. This is no longer the case: now, the potential of a design approach is understood by many, if not by all. That is, a lot has still to be done to spread the idea and clarify it, but today the importance of design is widely recognized not only by enterprises but by all stakeholders. 10 This interpretation of what design can do, though important and widely expressed, is not the only one: we can also talk about design while moving away from this approach, oriented toward problems to solve, and focus on a definition that highlights its role in the field of culture, and therefore of language and meaning.

However, having made this general point (and justified the simplification that leads us to separate technology and social innovation), we must immediately complicate the picture: there is now, for reasons we shall see, a growing area of innovation in which it is very difficult, if not impossible, to make such a separation. The point is this: the more technical systems penetrate society (meaning the more far-reaching and more diffuse the interface between technology and society), the faster and more far-reaching will be their impact on the social systems in which they operate.

However, their essentially distributed nature emerges out of more complex, innovative processes in which the technological side cannot be separated from the social one. While centralized systems can, in principle at least, be developed without considering the social fabric in which they will be implemented, this is impossible when the technological solution in question is a distributed one. In fact, the more a system is scattered and networked, the larger and more connected is its interface with society and the more the social side of innovation has to be considered.

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