OCAD’s MDes in Strategic Foresight & Innovation

Peter Jones Transformation Design, Wu Wei

Toronto’s OCAD is seeking completing the intake for the first class of  students for the new graduate program, MDes in Strategic Foresight & Innovation. The inaugural class looks outstanding, as most are mid-career multidisciplinary professionals with experience in business and social innovation. They are as smart and experienced as many of the faculty, which helps accelerate the total creation of new knowledge and learning in a rapidly-developing interdisciplinary field. The OCAD site now describes the program as featuring a platform of social innovation: The Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation will graduate leaders in social innovation. Students will be encouraged to develop strategic innovations that create sustainable value, economically and ecologically, and that address pressing societal issues pertinent to their particular area of interest in the public, private or voluntary sectors. The program will enable students to: Explore and test new methods of organization, creation and production. Develop …

Design Leadership for Problem Systems

Peter Jones Human Values, Wu Wei

The full article is currently on Social Design, so first let me send readers to Joana’s stunning new design site.  Here I’ll recap the central theme of Design Leadership for Problem Systems. The design industry grew rapidly in the 20th century, by satisfying the massive and growing needs of consumer products, industrial systems, and a business ethos of growth, fueled by advertising. (What is design’s future to be now that agreement about that ethos is changing?) I observe a significant change occurring in the language and outlook of people in the design fields, especially apparent in my adopted home city of Toronto. I see a new ethos emerging in this new century, one that stands on the shoulders of many who have long argued for systemic change. Citizen designers and interdisciplinary leaders are guiding clients and peers toward sustainable design and progressively toward a social transformation agenda. And this shift …

Innovation – Not Dead Yet!

Peter Jones Transformation Design, Wu Wei

By now, anyone reading Design Dialogues will have heard that Innovation (as a business concept) died in 2008. Bruce Nussbaum, who gets to decide these things, declares at the New Year: “Innovation” is Dead. Herald The Birth of “Transformation” as The Key Concept for 2009.  Scan among the 61 reader comments, and you’ll see today’s range of design thinkers, firm principals, and advanced students weighing in, mostly against. Hey, even Neil Young says “A perfect storm for innovation is gathering in Washington.” America now has a chance to lead the world in power and fuel efficiency. The Big three will still be looking for help at the end of March. As the major shareholder, the US government would have an opportunity to DEMAND the type of cars that will lead the world toward saving the planet for future generations. January 4th New York Times published TWO articles on the need …

Design Revolution or Social Revolution? Both.

Peter Jones Transformation Design, Wu Wei

The notion of design revolution has emerged frequently, just recently, as a meme that takes its force from the recognition of need for change by designers  themselves. A recent Core77 article follows the recent Design Biennial conference held at St. Etienne, France reveals some of the problematics underway if designers seriously consider their role as transformative and even activist. Design Revolution or Social Revolution? Reflections from Saint-Etienne Having already applied this model successfully to the physical transformation of Saint-Etienne, the local powers are confident that they can also use design and creativity effectively to create broader economic development models and achieve a wider economic rebound, They decided to concentrate their efforts on ecology, innovation, training and internationalisation. The three main questions that structured the Biennial’s curatorial work were: – How can design help to develop our lifestyles? – How to make design work with research and innovation? – How can …