Building a shared relational identity: shifting notions of self in designing social innovation

Viola Petrella, Joyce Sheau Roei Yee

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While designing social innovation (DSI) is increasingly considering the role and value of relationships, little attention is placed on the complexity of relationality and the specific, situated dynamics of dealing with relational entanglements. In particular, as design’s ontological background comes into question, the designers’ identity and the processes of collective and personal transformation that characterise DSI need further consideration. This paper reports the outcomes of an exploratory qualitative study aiming at examining relational approaches to DSI pertaining to the construction of a collective sense of self. It provides insights into how practitioners interact and how they construct and nurture shared relational identities, concluding with suggestions for future DSI work based on these perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationServDes.2023
Subtitle of host publicationEntanglements & Flows Conference: Service Encounters and Meanings Proceedings
EditorsCarla Cipolla, Claudia Mont’Alvão, Larissa Farias, Manuela Quaresma
Place of PublicationLinkoping, Sweden
PublisherLinkoping University Electronic Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9789180754767
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2023
EventServDes2023: Entanglements and Flows: Service Encounters and Meanings - Rio De Janeriro, Brazil
Duration: 11 Jul 202314 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameLinköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
PublisherLinkoping University Electronic Press
ISSN (Print)1650-3686
ISSN (Electronic)1650-3740


CityRio De Janeriro
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