Design for Social Innovation Symposium

2.00pm – 5.00pm

DESIS Ireland

There is a need to explore the role of design in Ireland with regard to meaningful engagement with the future of Irish society. This could be through the involvement of citizens in the design of public services, seeking creative solutions for health and well-being, or having Irish Designers applyling their skills to help underrepresented and disadvantaged communities in Ireland and worldwide.


Design for Social Innovation aims to create concepts and solutions to social problems that are practical, culturally appropriate, scalable and sustainable. This symposium is an opportunity for design educators, community development practitioners, policy makers, researchers, students, and social innovators across Ireland to engage in dialogue and collaboration on the role design can play in social change and social innovation in Ireland.


The symposium will also mark the launch of DESIS Ireland. DESIS stands for Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability. DESIS Ireland will be part of a network of design labs, based in design schools and design-oriented universities, actively involved in promoting and supporting sustainable change.


The symposium will involve inspiring and provoking presentations from design for social innovation practitioners, a panel discussion with practitioners and break-out workshops with Irish social Innovators. The break-out workshops will co-create a map of possible projects and activities for DESIS Ireland to engage in over the coming years.


Keynote speakers include:


- Emma Southgate: Director of Design and Innovation at Participle.

For the last ten years, Participle have been using design transform the way public services are designed and delivered in the UK.


- Joanna Choukeir: Social Designer and Chief Operating Officer at Uscreates

Uscreates design and improve services for better efficiency and user experience.


- Lauren Currie: Programme Leader at Hyperisland, co-founder of Snook, Scotland’s leading Service Design Agency

In 2014 Lauren was named as one of the UK’s top 35 business women under 35.



2.00pm - Doors open

2.15pm - Opening thoughts and keynote presentations and panel discussion

4.00pm - Workshops


Follow the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #DESIS-Ireland.

DESIS Ireland

DIT Grangegorman, Dublin

DIT Grangegorman Campus, Grangegorman Lower Entrance, Grangegorman Lower, Dublin, Ireland

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