Introduction: inter-related worldviews of designing social innovation

Yoko Akama (Editor), Joyce Yee (Editor)

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“Social Entrepreneurship” and “Social Innovation” are defined by their “ability to achieve large-scale transformation that enables others to copy the idea and distribute it through a number of imitations and implementations”. Arguments for consistent definitions are symptoms of a dominant episteme that tend to favour stability, transportability, and universality, and this knowledge paradigm has also created canons of Design. The scalability, again, a desirable characteristic of Social Innovation, requires things to be duplicated and distributed for larger, societal impact, based on the carousel of sameness. This chapter revisits the five existential conundrums that have accompanied the research in designing social innovation. Pragmatism in Design and Social Innovation can obsess over the HOW to instruct ways of achieving “alternatives”, and in so doing, promote replication or displacement. The chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntanglements of Designing Social Innovation in the Asia-Pacific
EditorsYoko Akama, Joyce Yee
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781003244684
ISBN (Print)9781032140643, 9781032155562
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameDesign Research for Change

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