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Crafting sustainable futures: the value of the service designer in activating meaningful social innovation from within textile artisan communities

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posted on 27.04.2017, 12:50 authored by Francesco Mazzarella, Val MitchellVal Mitchell, Carolina Escobar-Tello
In order to tackle complex sustainability challenges, top-down one-size-fits-all services and strategies do not always effectively address the needs of local communities. It is increasingly recognised that multi-disciplinary stakeholders need to draw on their local situated knowledge and cooperate towards achieving a social aim. With this in mind, and moving beyond the designer’s ‘parachuting’ into projects that do not grow or develop, this paper explores how the service designer can contribute to activate meaningful routes for the transition of textile artisans’ communities towards sustainable futures. This paper proposes a service design framework for understanding local contexts, making sense of visions for the future and reframing them into meaningful actionable realities. For the purpose of this paper, the theory is here presented through its application to a community of Nottingham lace artisans, chosen as unit of analysis for this participatory case study research.

Funding

This research and paper are supported by Loughborough Design School and funded by the AHRC Design Star CDT. The authors would like to express sincere gratitude to all the research participants who gave their valuable contribution to this study.

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EAD12|2017 Design for Next

Citation

MAZZARELLA, F., MITCHELL, V. and ESCOBAR-TELLO, C., 2017. Crafting sustainable futures: the value of the service designer in activating meaningful social innovation from within textile artisan communities. Presented at: Design for Next: 12th EAD Conference, Rome, 12-14 April 2017.

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European Academy of Design © The Authors

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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01/03/2017

Publication date

2017

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This is a conference paper. It was presented at: http://www.designfornext.org

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en

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Rome, Italy