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Design for social innovation within a vulnerable group. Lessons learnt from the experimentation ViviCalusca in Italy.

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This contribution outlines the project ViviCalusca as an experimentation of enhancing social innovation within a vulnerable group in Milan, living in a public housing located in Vicolo Calusca. The aim of the project was to overcome their situation of fragility by engaging them in various activities and applying a set of diverse approaches and techniques, coming from theatre, sociology and design.

As researchers in design for social innovation, we mainly used co-design and service design methods and tools: more precisely we planned a path of light co-design sessions to activate a sustainable micro-economy of exchange and gift among people in the neighbourhood.
This project led us to reflect upon our contribution as designers within a group with such a level of social vulnerability: we understood that the co-design process itself was more important than results, as it worked better as a form of community engagement rather than producing effective ‘design’ results.

Authors: Daniela Selloni, Martina Rossi

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  • Topics of presentation: Design for Sustainable Materials and Energy
  • Venue: Italy

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# Kersten 2019-04-04 19:57
You mentioned that in many ways the project 'failed' in terms of the results being much less than was intended. AT the same time many valuable lessons were learned. Would it not be fair to say that the "success" was achieved on a different level than expected, namely process? Possibly others can learn more from those lessons than they could have from the specific results?

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