Innovation Constellations as a systems approach to social design infrastructuring

Nick Spencer*, Helen Simmons, Mark Bailey, Ollie Hemstock, Justine Carrion-Weiss

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There are constant calls for innovation related to complex social challenges. This includes calls to innovate within government and public organisational structures but expands to include unsustainable relationships and behaviours in public life. Design is often positioned as a capability that can offer new approaches and develop novel interventions with the design project as a key mechanism. Through a case study focused on an Innovation Constellation a discussion is developed about an emerging sociomaterial design infrastrucutring system. The case study presents a complex system of designing that highlights political infrastruturing as significant in supporting a diverse group to bridge the gap between social justice rhetoric and practical action to intervene and influence existing social circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationdmi: ADMC2022: Design as a Strategic Asset
Subtitle of host publicationThe 23rd dmi: Academic Design Management Conference Proceedings
Place of PublicationCambridge, US
PublisherDesign Management Institute
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2022
Event23rd DMI: Academic Design Management Conference : Design Management as a Strategic Asset - OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 3 Aug 20224 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameAcademic Design Management Conference Proceedings
PublisherDesign Management Institute
ISSN (Electronic)2640-4702


Conference23rd DMI: Academic Design Management Conference
Abbreviated titleADMC 2022
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