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Enabling Social Innovation through space design

Social innovation is by its very definition about people. So it stands to reason that any space wishing to encourage social innovation would have people at the heart of its design. Sadly, this is rarely the case.

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The inclusive design approach embraces the social, challenging this ‘top down’ thinking and replacing it with a multi-stakeholder, non-linear, interactive ‘action based’ co-design process. Co-design focuses on mutual learning, placing the users at the centre of the needs for space design and enabling participants develop an affinity with space and objects.

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Indeed space does make a difference (as you also noted in your comment and your link to the d-school case study). You might find interesting a paper I wrote on space for interactions. It was focused on organizations and fits well with your inspiration. I also think (based on my experience and some of my readings on cities and urban planning) that some of the affordances we discussed in that paper, can work in public spaces in cities, but this has to be investigated further: https://archive.harvardbusiness.org/cla/web/pl/product.seam?c=12841&i=12843&cs=4ffbc25a5c77acabb74f4ef885a3d4b6

Photo of Vladimir

Thanks a lot, Anne-Laure!
I'm really on the topic. I'll check your article with interest.

Photo of Anne-Laure

Great! Would love to have your thoughts on our paper. cheers,