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Challenges of Social Design – From Concept to Product

May 4, 2017 @ 9:00 PM - May 5, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

Challenges of Social Design – From Concept to Product

How can social change be achieved through design? Which cooperate forms and strategies of design are needed? How to get to a more society-oriented way of designing?

Social and participatory design can help to develop products tailored to the needs of the citizens. More and more designers create products and services with a positive impact on society. They are challenged to work towards complex problems in collaboration with many stakeholders during the whole design process.

This evening will debate the designer’s role in society and present concrete social design projects as well as helpful tools and methods addressing issues along the way.

*Doors open at 19:00
*Speakers start at 20:00
*Quickpitches at 21:10


With presentations from:

Florian Huss: «nice concept, but…»

Florian Huss just finished his Master in Visual Communication at the Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin. His projects evolve around the topics of Social Design, Co-Design and Participation and the transformation of our society(es). In 2013 he co-founded the initiative «kommen&bleiben», where his recent project grew out of – the «guide for NewBerliner».

About kommen&bleiben: Co-Design between NeuBerliners and students

Organization website: http://kommenundbleiben.de

About the talk: The talk will be about pitfalls, insights and open questions deriving out of our social design projects.

Lars Zimmermann: Social With Open Source

EN Lars Zimmermann (larszimmermann.de) is an artist and economist based in Berlin. He explores Open Source for Circular Economy. He is cofounder of the the Open Source Circular Economy Days (oscedays.org), the Open It Agency (openitagency.eu) and runs The City Is Open Source - City Hacking Project (thecityisopensource.de) and Mifactori (mifactori.de) amongst other projects.

DE Lars Zimmermann (larszimmermann.de) ist Künstler und Ökonom. Er entwickelt Projekte zu Open Source Hardware, Kreislaufwirtschaft, Kreislaufdesign und City Hacking. Er ist Mitgründer und Gründer von verschiedener Organisationen und Projekte wie z.B. den Open Source Circular Economy (oscedays.org), der Open It Agency (openitagency.eu), Mifactori (mifactori.de) und The City Is Open Source - City Hacking Project (thecityisopensource.de).

About Open Source Circular Economy Days: Open Source Circular Economy Days is a global open community about open source resources to create a shift to a sustainable circular economy. We share and produce documentation of circular solutions and invite people to test and implement them in open events across the globe. Join us!

Organization website: https://oscedays.org

About the talk: I will introduce you to Open Source and Open Design and its real and potential meaning for a more social and ecologically and economically sustainable world.

Michael Volkmer: Activism instead of coffee party

Michael Volkmer is owner of Scholz & Volkmer, a creative agency for digital brand management located in Berlin and Wiesbaden. He trained as a photographer and completed a degree in communication design before founding the agency in 1994. He is in charge of client counselling, corporate culture and the strategic refinement of the agency.

About SCHOLZ & VOLKMER GmbH: Scholz & Volkmer brings in line the economic objectives of their clients with the actual social challenges. In this sense the company developed different products like the online platform “Zeit-statt-Zeug”, the App “Radwende” or “Kiezkaufhaus” – a local and ecological alternative to amazon. The company is working for several clients such as Riese & Müller, Klima-Bündnis and Greenpeace. Besides Scholz & Volkmer is winner of many awards and relevant rankings.

Organization website: http://www.s-v.de

About the talk: Through creation and innovation, Scholz & Volkmer has set itself the goal of aligning the economic objectives and aspirations of its customers with the current challenges facing our society by the theme: Creating Shared Value. The company achieves this by designing projects that bring brands both positive economic growth and an awareness of their impact on society, in order to make the world a little better. Using concrete examples, founder Michael Volkmer will show which strategies are needed to address the current social issues of our time and turn visual and communicative ideas into action.


Quickpitches of this event

SenseCamp 2017 "Citizens in action" powered by MakeSense

SenseCamp is an unconference for social entrepreneurship and innovation. The highly interactive and community-based event brings together the global MakeSense network and regional ecosystems to boost action and engagement.

SenseCamp is the place to discover and exchange new ideas, actionable insights and success/failure stories. And in the evening, you can shake out some moves at the infamous NonSense party!

Launched in 2012 in Berlin, SenseCamps have happened all over the world, from São Paulo to Singapore, and have featured speakers such as Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Liam Black, Charles Eisenstein, Rodrigo Baggio, Günter Faltin and many more

Contact: Silvia Schiaroli (berlin@makesense.org)


I am a Masters student of HTW - Berlin and recently I started working with Rootpacker. Our organization is an academy for Intercultural Innovation, Design Thinking and Human Values. In view of the effects of growing digitization of life and globalization, Leadership and Management Cultures are changing. In the future, more and more people will develop new products, strategies or services in multicultural and interdisciplinary teams. Creativity, intuition and the capacity for interaction with people from other cultures are skills that people will need for a successful professional career. We train these skills during our seminars.

Contact: Fahad Galib Ani

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