Defining the global by uncovering the local

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How can holistic global insights be developed from connected local studies? This was the question addressed by STBY (UK & NL) at GOOD’11, via a series of recent case studies all somehow based upon this principle. Analysing this issue via …

Design and Research: a love story

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GOOD’11 was all about what can happen when design and research come together – but what about when this means people, and not just disciplines? Lekshmy Parameswaran and LĂĄszlĂł Herczegh are co-founders of fuelfor, a design consultancy specialised in healthcare innovation. …

Breaking Down Organisational Silos

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Design research is centered upon the creation of resonant, engaging insights, but even the most successful projects have to tackle an all-too-familiar problem: how to implement the opportunities they’ve inspired within seemingly rigid organisational structures? This is the issue that …

Community involvement in sustainable energy use

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How do you design the future models for energy consumption? Smart grid is a huge topic, the upcoming of micro-producers a tendency. The energy providers want to enforce sustainable energy and concurrently they talk about ‘peak shaving’ – peak-shaving meaning …

The power of one vs the power of many: Energy Awareness models across the globe

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GOOD’11 provided several real-world accounts of what it actually means for research projects to take on a ‘global’ focus. One area in which such projects have flourished in recent years has been Energy Awareness, and this was the topic addressed …

Designing for Good: Thinking big by starting local

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What role can Design Research play when tackling social issues? Increasingly well-established when it comes to product and service innovation, the principles upon which the approach is based are equally applicable to the challenges faced in a variety of social …

How can local insights affect strategic shifts in global organisations?

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How can insights affect meaningful change? Even the most resonant of local insights can quickly disappear within the bureaucracy of a global organisation – even one that’s open to new thoughts and ideas. Feel the Future (Brazil) came to GOOD’11 …

Moving beyond the technical to embrace the emotional

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IDSL (Fr) came to GOOD’11 to talk about collaboration. Their argument is that there is one vital ingredient without which designers can never truly reach the people their designing for – empathy. It’s via resonant, intimate, and emotional insights that …