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Design Activism: Action research as an approach when design meets social innovation

SONG, Dongjin ; LOU, Yongqi ;


These years, with the revolution of social innovation, design is enlarging its scope and active-ly initiated to social and public sector, design activism movement is emerging. Isolation of de-sign practice and research was found in design oriented social innovation projects, new re-search approach of design activism needs to be explored to suit new situation. Action research (AR) is a well-used methodology as well as natural practice in social sector since the late 1940s and considered as theory-practice dialectic based knowledge generation and learning process that is useful to integrate research and practice in social sectors. I Initial-ly review on the literature about relationship of AR to design. This is followed by a reflective and explorative describing of my reflection on long-term social innovation project-DESIGN Harvests. AR Cycle and distributed innovation network with equal status between researchers and practitioners are crucial in such project. The article predicted that AR that informed by de-sign has the potential to serve as an emerging approach of design activism for integrating re-search and practice of design.


Palavras-chave: Design activism, action research, social innovation, design practice, design research,

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DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-03_018

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SONG, Dongjin; LOU, Yongqi; "Design Activism: Action research as an approach when design meets social innovation", p. 284-290 . In: Wong, Wendy Siuyi; Kikuchi, Yuko & Lin, Tingyi (Eds.). Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History [=ICDHS 2016 – 10th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2016.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-03_018

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