A multi-disciplinary team led by the architects of Elemental design a radical new typology of social housing that is able to grow over time, both in size and in value. We see how they practice... More > strategic design, discovering along the way that:
A realistic look at the status quo can inspire new design solutions that address higher-order challenges
Participatory processes should be carefully designed not to make promises that are too big to keep
Savvy engagement with the media is useful to generate political capital necessary to launch an unconventional design
A group of designers at the Royal College of Art in London work with the DePuy company to develop completely new surgical instruments. We see how they practice strategic design, discovering along the... More > way that:
Innovations carry risk, but so too does the status quo
Expert users are sometimes blinded to the necessity of innovation by virtue of their highly developed coping skills
The design process helps surface discrete risks for better analysis and decision making
Mindset change is part and parcel to technical innovation
A group of designers in Bangalore, India create a social enterprise that offers products and services to enable citizens to deal with their own household waste. We see how they practice strategic... More > design, discovering along the way that:
Redefining the boundaries of the problem uncovers opportunities for innovation
Communications and education are integral aspects of the work of a social enterprises
Local sourcing and an iterative design method enable rapid innovation
This book explores the HDL Studio Model, a unique way of bringing together the right people, a carefully framed problem, a supportive place, and an open-ended process to craft an integrated vision... More > and sketch the pathway towards strategic improvement. It's particularly geared towards problems that have no single owner.
The book includes an introduction to Strategic Design, a "how-to" manual for organizing Studios, and three practical examples of what an HDL Studio looks like in action. Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA, has written the foreword and Mikko Kosonen, President of Sitra, contributed the afterword.
This is not the book to convince you that the world is changing and our systems are currently under stress. The purpose here is to begin codifying the practises of stewardship, as exhibited by... More > innovators who are consciously rethinking institutions to better meet the challenges of today.
Stewardship is the art of aligning decisions with impact when many minds are involved in making a plan, and many hands in enacting it. This notion comes to life through the stories of six projects on three continents.