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MAKE WORK WORK! By Design or by Disaster Conference, 10-11 March 2017

By Design or by Disaster MAKE WORK WORK

Make work work!
Practices in Eco-social design that are sustainable, also economically

with Brave New Alps (IT, Rovereto / UK Leeds), Studio Polpo (UK, Sheffield), Raumlabor (DE, Berlin), Isacco Chiaf (IT, Tourin), Bas van Abel of Fairphone (NL, Utrecht Area / to be confirmed), Friederike Habermann (DE), Armin Bernhard (IT, Obervinschgau)

In this conference we explore how change-oriented design projects and long-term eco-social practices can be economically supported.

Organised by Kris Krois and students of the Master in Eco-Social Design at the Free University of Bozen–Bolzano. Read more here (web site coming soon)

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OPEN Ateliers of the MA Eco-Social Design Fr/Sa 20/21.1.

The MA Eco-Social Design is a transdisciplinary and practice-oriented study course educating designers that aim to move towards more sustainable, resilient and fair futures.

Outcomes, developments and futures

At the end of each semester we open the doors to show the outcomes, give insights in the development processes and get into conversations on future potentials and projects.

Vernissage: Friday, 20.1., 18:00-22:00
Exhibition: Saturday, 21.1., 11:00-19:00
Faculty of Design & Art, Mater Ateliers, F4
Press Kit

Partners wanted

The summer semester will go under the annual topic ESSEN / ALIMENTARE /FOOD – from agriculture to table culture. Students can collaborate with external partners on creative projects that want to move towards more sustainable, resilient and fair ways of production , distribution and consumption – fostering solidarity, (bio)diversity and other values for a world we want to live in. If you are engaged in a initiative, organization, company, farm or any other enterprise that pushes in this direction, and you want to collaborate with passionate eco-social designers please write to designdisaster@unibz.it

Please spread the invitation to who is interested in design for eco-social progress and to potential partners. And if you are in the big Facebook please share the event.

 

Teach design for tangible interfaces & interactive spaces

We are looking for an excellent designer, who wants to engage in teaching 60 hours of Interface- and User Experience Design for tangible interfaces and interaction in spaces in the Master in Eco-Social Design during summer semester 2017 (End of February – to end of June) at the Faculty of Design & Art, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. We are flexible regarding the organisation of the course (spread one or two days per week or in several blocks). And yes, the job is also paid quite well.

Deadline: 16 January, 12:00 (CET)

We teach within transdisciplinary projects and are looking forward to play together with you. Get in touch with us, if you want to understand better, what that means concretely. Find the complete call in german and in italian language (in case you don’t understand these languages, or you have a hard time understanding the bureaucratic procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask for help).

Fritz Lietsch im DoD TALK > 19.10. 20:30 unibz

Das Dream Team für eine lebenswerte Zukunft: Nachhaltigkeit & Wirtschaftlichkeit

Mi 19.10. 20:30, unibz, F0.01

Unternehmen für Mensch und Umwelt, Verantwortung von Führungskräften, Corporate Social Responsability. Da werden viele Unternehmenslenker sofort entgegnen: Wir sind nicht für das undefinierbare Konstrukt „Mensch und Umwelt“ zuständig, sondern zuallererst Anteilseignern und deren Profit verpflichtet! Spätestens bei der Gesellschafter- oder Aktionärsversammlung gilt das Hauptinteresse dem Gewinn des Unternehmens und der auszuschüttenden Dividende. Und doch macht sich eine Veränderung in der Wirtschaft breit. In dem Wort Wirtschaft steckt das Wort „Wir“ und das signalisiert, dass die Wirtschaft auch – und ganz besonders – der Gesellschaft verpflichtet ist und nicht einer reinen Profitmaximierung. Nicht zuletzt die Skandale um die Deutsche Bank, den ADAC oder deutsche Autobauer, aber auch der Klimawandel und seine Folgen zeigen, dass es für die Wirtschaft und damit für uns alle an der Zeit ist, umzudenken.
Fritz Lietsch wird bei seinem Besuch in Bozen über mögliche Zukünfte sprechen und darüber wie man gemeinsam einen Einfluss darauf nehmen kann. Er wird eingehen auf die wundervollen Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten von uns allen als Konsument und noch viel mehr im Beruf. Er stellt konkrete Optionen für Alpenbewohner vor und zeigt, wie durch regionale Kreisläufe, cradle2cradle, circular economy, community building und shareconomy sinnvolle Wertschöpfung betrieben und Kleinbetriebe, regionaler Tourismus und verantwortliche Landwirtschaft gefördert werden kann. Er wird eingehen auf Fragen und Themenwünsche seiner Zuhörer und sein über 30 Jahre gewachsener Wissen und noch mehr sein großes Netzwerk einbringen um seine Zuhörer nachhaltig zu inspirieren.

Fritz Lietsch

Lietsch studierte Betriebswirtschaft sowie Markt- und Werbepsychologie an der LMU in München um aktiv Einfluss auf Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft nehmen zu können. Als Entrepreneur gründete er zusammen mit einem jungen Team den ALTOP (All Love To The Planet) Verlag, der die aufstrebenden Alternativangebot der 80er Jahre präsentierte und zum Erfolg führte. Als Chefredakteur des Entscheidermagazins forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften ermutigt er Führungskräfte in Wirtschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft Innovationen für people, planet und profit voranzutreiben. Der Social entrepreneur unterstützt start ups und ist gefragter Moderator und Key Note Speaker. Für seine verdienste wurde er u.a. mit dem BAUM Umweltpreis und dem Umweltpreis der Stadt München ausgezeichnet.
Lietsch experimentiert die Themen über die er spricht. Er fährt seit 25 jahren Elektroautos, baut Solaranlagen. Nutzt Windkraft und betriebt einen Community Garden mit 1500 Qm.

Statements:
„Kreativität sprengt Denkblockaden“
„Wer, wenn nicht wir (alle)!“
„Das Unmögliche möglich machen!“
„Lasst uns gemeinsam Zukünfte gestalten

Design Lead in studio course Object / Space / Service

Call for interest for leading teaching position in MA Eco-Social Design WS16/17

For the Winter Semester 2016/17 (October 2016 – January 2017), we are looking for an excellent designer to teach in the field Object / Space / Service at the Master program in Eco-Social Design at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. S/he will work in the trans-disciplinary and project-oriented studio course, closely collaborating with teachers and researchers from diverse fields (Information Design, Visual Communication, Product Design, Design Research, 3D Modeling & Digital Fabrication, Sociology, Eco-Social Economics and Moderation & Participation).

S/he will challenge and be challenged in helping students to develop their own projects. Parallel to teaching the competences of her/his field in various ways (through what should be a well-balanced mix of lectures, presentations, exercises, labs, excursions, reviews or whatever seems to be appropriate in the given context).

Eco-Social Design involves a challenging multitude of actors and factors. Therefore we work in multidisciplinary teams, and collaborate with a diversity of partners – and we enjoy it. We expect openness and engagement; unconventional ways, creativity, and autonomous thinking are prerequisites.
Additional competences in related fields are welcome too, for example may it be in design research, in service design, in architecture and urbanism, in arts, in crafts, makers culture and technologies, in engineering, environmental sciences or social sciences, in design activism and/or active citizenship.

The teaching foresees two days per week presence in the Master Ateliers at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. In exceptional cases the teaching can be organized on blocks (for persons traveling from far away).

The official call will be published soon. In the meanwhile please send your questions and expressions of interest to via email.

Design Lead in studio course Communication / Interaction / Service

Call for interest for leading teaching position in MA Eco-Social Design WS16/17

For the Winter Semester 2016/17 (October 2016 – January 2017), we are looking for an excellent designer to teach in the field Communication / Interaction / Service at the Master program in Eco-Social Design at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. S/he will work in the trans-disciplinary and project-oriented studio course, closely collaborating with teachers and researchers from diverse fields (Information Design, Visual Communication, Product Design, Design Research, 3D Modeling & Digital Fabrication, Sociology, Eco-Social Economics and Moderation & Participation).

S/he will challenge and be challenged in helping students to develop their own projects. Parallel to teaching the competences of her/his field in various ways (through what should be a well-balanced mix of lectures, presentations, exercises, labs, excursions, reviews or whatever seems to be appropriate in the given context).

Eco-Social Design involves a challenging multitude of actors and factors. Therefore we work in multidisciplinary teams, and collaborate with a diversity of partners – and we enjoy it. We expect openness and engagement; unconventional ways, creativity, and autonomous thinking are prerequisites.
Additional competences in related fields are welcome too, for example may it be in design research, in service design, in architecture and urbanism, in arts, in crafts, makers culture and technologies, in engineering, environmental sciences or social sciences, in design activism and/or active citizenship.

The teaching foresees two days per week presence in the Master Ateliers at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. In exceptional cases the teaching can be organized on blocks (for persons traveling from far away).

The official call will be published soon. In the meanwhile please send your questions and expressions of interest to via email.

Optimistic Grumpiness & other qualities of Transition Design

optimistic-grumpyness

image from the talk of Terry Irwin, 2013

… and many other beautiful thoughts about a design for transitions towards viable and desirable futures. Watch the video of their talk on the web site of AIGA*. Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise present “Transition Design”, a kind of framework they use to understand how design and design education can work towards real sustainability. I appreciate how they try to integrate quite heterogeneous issues and thoughts in a holistic way. And i enjoy the diversity of their style, too. Great teamwork, and in this they do what they preach.The only issue i am missing is power structures and conflicts on interests. Like many sustainability-related discourses they are all about bringing things and people together, all about “co-…” and “trans…”. I completely agree that this is important. Also the focus on “lifestyles” makes sense. But also politics, power and conflicts matter. Conflicts (of interest) and power structures are real, and won’t go away anytime soon. Therefore, better deal with them. Also in the pursue for sustainability. Regarding this Critical Theory offers a rich source of intellectual instruments, and  Political Ecology connects this emancipatory research with sustainability discourse (and practices). At least this is what i just learned form Daniela Gottschlich, our teacher in Political Ecology on the MA Eco-Social Design (find slides and readings related to her introduction on the blog of the annual topic ESSEN / ALIMENTARE / FOOD).

* The more engaged can read their paper “Transition Design” in Design Philosophy Papers, 13:1, 1-2. Unfortunately it is not freely available. It is a comprehensive compilation of articles. More recent than the talk they gave in 2013. I still have to read the paper. Maybe they tackle questions of power and conflict there (?).

By Design or by Disaster 2016, 2-7 May @ unibz

Please visit the conference site for more up-to-date information:

designdisaster2016.unibz.it

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I am happy to announce another issue of our conference series tackling Eco-Social Design. The focus of this years conference is ESSEN / ALIMENTARE / FOOD = also the annual topic of the Master in Eco-Social Design. We will have talks and workshops with Ezio Manzini, Christa Müller, OPEN STATE / POC21, Alastair Fuad-Luke and several other people engaging in developments and design for a livable future. The students of the Master will expose their works and do interventions.

More details to come. Stay up-to-date via our propaganda FB page, a lousy twitter account and the rare newsletter:


Mostra / Ausstellung: BITTER ORANGES 11.–28.1. unibz

BITTER ORANGES

Ausstellung. Afrikanische Bootsflüchtlinge als Erntearbeiter in Kalabrien.
Die Fotoausstellung bietet Einblicke in deren Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen. Sie ist das Ergebnis eines dreijährigen ethnographischen Projektes.

Mostra. Profughi africani negli aranceti calabresi. L’esposizione fotografica, risultato di un progetto etnografico triennale, offre uno sguardo sulle condizioni di vita e di lavoro dei profughi.

11. – 28.1.2016
Bolzano-Bozen | unibz | D0

11.1. | 19:00
Vernissage
mit / con Prof. Dr. Gilles Reckinger & Dr. Diana Reiners, Universität Innsbruck
Kris Krois, unibz & Vincenzo Del Fatto, GAS

HIRING: PRODUCT DESIGNER as Teacher & Researcher (closed)

We are looking for a designer, who wants to engage in eco-social issues by the means of product design, as a teacher and researcher at the Faculty of Design and Art, Free University of Bolzano-Bozen.

Deadline: December 7. Find the official call here in English, there in Italian and on that page in German language. In case you have trouble understanding the bureaucratic language and the procedure, please do not hesitate to ask for help.

You will do “research by design” in projects, where design acts as a catalyst of eco-social transformations. This correlates to the foreseen teaching of “Design & Materials” and of “Design & Production” in the Master in Eco-Social Design.

Eco-Social Design involves a multitude of actors and factors, and is undoubtedly challenging. Therefore, we collaborate in multidisciplinary teams, and with a diversity of partners – and we enjoy it. We expect the same openness and engagement from the candidates. A PhD is a plus, but not required. More importance is given to the portfolio. Unconventional styles and autonomous thinking are appreciated. Additional competences in related fields are welcome, too, for example in design research, in crafts, maker culture and technologies, in engineering, environmental sciences or social sciences, in design activism and/or active citizenship.

The position is full time and comes with a 3-years contract. Interested? Please get in contact with us.

Teach Cultural Anthropology (closed)

teach_CULTURAL_ANTHROPOLOGYWe are looking for a an dedicated personality, who wants to engage in teaching Cultural Anthropology to the students of the Master in Eco-Social Design in the summer semester 2015/16 (Feb 29 – June 22) at the Faculty of Design & Arts, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

The teaching in the Master is centered around projects, to which all teachers and courses relate. Therefor, we are looking for persons, who enjoy creative project work and transdisciplinary collaborations in the context of eco-social transformations.

Deadline: 4.12.2015, 12:00 (UTC+01:00)

Find the official call here in English, there in German and on this page in Italian language (below “Faculty of Design and Art“). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Teach Web & Media Design (closed)

We are looking for an excellent designer, who wants to engage in teaching WEB & MEDIA DESIGN to the students of the Master in Eco-Social Design in the summer semester  2015/16 (Feb 29 – June 22) at the Faculty of Design & Arts, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

Deadline: November 30, 12:00 (UTC+01:00)

Find the official call here in english, there in german and on this page in italian language. We teach within transdisciplinary projects. Get in touch with us, if you want to understand better, what that means concretely for teaching Web & Media Design.

Presentation of MA Eco-Social Design & more

Wednesday, 14.10.2015 | unibz 4th floor in building F

14:00-17:00 Introduction to the Master in Eco-Social Design & presentations by all teachers of the winter semester 2015, and their relation to the annual topic /ESSEN/ALIMENTARE/FOOD/ with Prof. em. Adelheid Biesecker, Eco-Social Economics | Lisa Borgenheimer, Information Desig | Kris Krois, Visual Communication | Giorgio Laboratore, Design & Materials | Alvise Mattozzi, Sociology | Kuno Prey, Product Design | Werner Stefano Villa, Design & Digital Fabrication | Sabina Frei, Moderation and Participation (PDF)

The afternoon is composed by frontal presentations. While on Thursday morning a interactive workshop takes place, which is open for all teachers and students of the Master and on request (during the public event on Wednesday).

19:00 Brindisi / Tanz den Master

Full program (Public Google Doc)

Sociology for Eco-Social Design & more

The Faculty for Design and Art of unibz invited 6 candidates for the

Professorship in Sociology of culture and communication

with a focus on design and communication for eco-social transformation

5 of them are doing public lectures within the next two weeks (as part of the hearings). You are welcome to come, listen and see:

Monday, October 12 | 12:00-13:00 | Room F0.03
Prof. Petr JEHLICKA: Informal economies, everyday practices and quiet sustainabilities in designing eco-social transformations – Learning from the margins

Tuesday, October 20 | 12:00-13:00 | Room F0.03
Prof. Harald WELZER: De-Design. From expansive to reductive Modernity.

Wednesday, October 21 | 12:00-13:00 | Room F0.03
Prof. Gilles RECKINGER: Visualizing the Hidden. Perspectives for a Critical Social Science and Eco-Social Practice.

Friday, October 22 | 09:00-10:00 | Room D0.02
Prof. Cristina GRASSENI: Making Futures. Ethnographic engagements with sustainable citizenship design

Friday, October 22 | 12:00-13:00 | Room D0.02
Prof. Andreas METZNER-SZIGETH: re-designing human realities

Teach Product Design in MA Eco-Social Design (closed)

We are looking for a designer, who likes to engage in eco-social issues by the means of product design with particular attention on the fields of materials and production.

Deadline: August 26, 12:00 (UTC+01:00)

Find the official call here in german and there in italian (on the page search for “Design und Materialien” respectively “Design e materiali”; no english version available). Teaching can be done in ether english, german or itailan. In case you have trouble understanding the language of the call or the procedure, please do not hesitate to ask for help.

You will teach at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bolzano in the Master in Eco-Social Design in the winter semester 2015/16, starting in October 2015, ending end if January 2016.

Send your application until August 26. If you have any questions, please get in contact with us.

Watch & read Eco-Social Design according to Ezio Manzini

The talk of Ezio Manzini on Design for Social Innovation organized by the MICA’s Center for Social Design impressed me. Manzini is making an effort in connecting the dots. For me he succeeded in narrating a complex field in an concise and compact way, without oversimplification.

Now i am reading his book Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation. He is concentrating on citizens efforts in creating sustainable ways to produce, to consume, to collaborate, to co-design, or generally to get organized to approach shared problems and satisfy needs. And he discusses and shows what the “expert designer” can do in all this. As in his lecture he draws together many things, and connects them in a way that makes sense using his map of the field.

design for social innovation

Obviously in the book he has more time and space to go deeper and, above all, also to get into many exemplary cases. As far as i can say for now he is not addressing political, macroeconomic and institutional aspects. If you want to know more on those things, i recommend to read “Transformationsdesign. Wege in eine zukunftsfähige Moderne” von Harald Welzer und Bernd Sommer. I presented it on this blog together with two other excellent books on Eco-Social Design (“To Do: Die neue Rolle der Gestaltung in einer veränderten Welt” by Florian Pfeffer zusammen and “Tools for the Design Revolution. A handbook for sustainable design strategies“ by Institute of Design Research Vienna). Those four books, with their difference in background, focus, language and style complete each other very well. At the same time they seam to be based on more or less the same values and to share similar overall aims.

MA Eco-Social Design starts on October. Apply until 8 July

MA_Eco-Social-Design_blogapply now or never — at least not this year. And help to spread the message to interested people and parties.

Read more about the Master in Eco-Social Design on its web page, the latest newsletter,  get updates and spread via FB + twitter.

Sustainable Greetings

Kris >< Krois

3 Bücher zu Eco-Social Design

Bücher zum Thema gibt es viele, doch müsste ich mich heute auf 3 beschränken, würde ich folgende wählen – auch weil sie sich wunderbar ergänzen:

3 Buecher zu Eco-Social-Design

Transformationsdesign. Wege in eine zukunftsfähige Moderne” von Harald Welzer und Bernd Sommer ist dabei, weil die Authoren präzise und eloquent Leitlinien für zukunftsfähige Gestaltung skizzieren. Dabei stellen sie zunächst die Entwicklung der Konsum- und Leistungsgesellschaft dar, ihre Auswirkungen auf Menschen, Gemeinschaften und Umwelt. Weiter geht’s dann mit einer kritischen Analyse bekannter Lösungststrategien und einer Argumentation wieso Green Economy, Inwertsetzung und technische Lösungsstrategien alleine nicht funktionieren werden. Fazit: ohne Reduktion und veränderte Lebensstile wird’s nicht klappen. Lebensqualität und zivilisatorische Errungenschaften müssen jedoch nicht geopfert werden – im Gegenteil. Wie das gehen kann zeigen die Autoren anhand examplarischer Design-Projekte, die vor allem auf Umnutzung, Wiederwendung, gemeinschaftliche Nutzung und anderen kreativen “Wertschöpfungen” setzen. Damit zeigen die Autoren konkrete Möglichkeiten, und üben nicht nur wissenschaftlich fundierte Kritik.

Ein ein Feuerwerk von Ansätzen und Inspirationen stellt Florian Pfeffer zusammen, in  “To Do: Die neue Rolle der Gestaltung in einer veränderten Welt” – eher Hypertext als lineares Buch. Der Autor vernetzt eine Menge spannende Beispiele von ökosozialen (Design)Projekten, verbindet damit Ansätze aus anderen Bereichen und versucht Methoden oder Strategien zu extrahieren.

Wie der Titel schon sagt, werden in “Werkzeuge für die Designrevolution. Ein Handbuch für zukunftsfähige Designstrategien” praktisch nutzbare “Instrumente” für Designer vorgestellt, von der DIY Ökobilanz bis zu Kreativmethoden. Gespickt ist das Ganze mit sehr prägnanten Texten, in denen Herausforderungen der Gegenwart mit Designstrategien in Verbindung gebracht werden. Eine dichte und doch lockere Lektüre mit großzügiges Layout, und schönen Zusammenspiel von Bildern, Grafiken und Texten. Essentiell. Entstanden ist das Buch am IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna. Es ist auch auf englisch erhältlich als “Tools for the Design Revolution. A handbook for sustainable design strategies“.

Mehr Buchempfehlungen haben wir von unseren vielen Gästen, die hier Vorträge oder Workshops gehalten haben. Wir bitten sie immer 3 Lektüreempfehlungen zu geben. Diese sind auf ihren jeweiligen Seiten zu finden, die über das Menü “PEOPLE” zugänglich sind (s.o.).

Was ist Ihre/Deine Empfehlung? Bitte im Kommentar hinterlassen.

Interview zum Master in Eco-Social Design

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Nina Kirst: Warum ist so ein Studiengang notwendig?

Kris Krois: Die Konsumorientierung bringt unsere Gesellschaft an ihre ökologischen und sozialen Grenzen. Es braucht neue Muster des Wirtschaftens und Lebens – und wir glauben, dass Designer hier eine wichtige Rolle spielen. Dabei geht es nicht in erster Linie um ökoeffizientere Produkte, sondern um Lebensstile, Werte und Politik im weitesten Sinne.

Weiter geht’s im kompletten Interview im Page Magazin.

what the hell is nanotourism?

nanotourism is a platform to research and produce participatory, locally-oriented, non-intrusive strategies as an alternative to the current environmental, social and economic problems of the booming tourism industries.

To get more concrete answers, join the DoD TALK, tuesday, 9th of June at unibz (F0.03) with architect and illustrator Silvia Susanna, who co-developing the BIO50}hotel during Biennial of Design of Ljubljana.

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10.6. @ unibz: Serge Latouche: Growth is the Problem, not the Solution

Serge Latouche is a fore-thinker of degrowth. The French economist / social scientist / philosopher / activist speaks in at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano on the campus Brixen-Bressanone, next wednesday, 10th of July, 18:00-20:00, Aula Magna

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If you don’t know Latouche and get a taste:

What is degrowth?By „degrowth“ we understand a downscaling of production and consumption in the industrialized states that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions and equity on the planet.” read on in “What does “degrowth” mean to us?“. This fits well to our upcoming Master in Eco-Social Design, which is not only about more eco-efficient products and services, but is striving for more social good and good life with less material goods. More about the Master.

The lecture and discussion will be in Italian language.It is organized and moderated by Prof. Susanne Elsen.

Call for Professorship in Design Research | Deadline: 16.11.

We are looking for a expert in Design Research, who wants to engage in transdisciplinary collaborations in the context of eco-social transformations. Teaching will happen in our project-oriented study programs, among others in the Master in Eco-Social Design (Glocal Design).

Requirements: professorship (or equivalent position) outside Italy. For more information please download the official call here (under “Faculty of Design and Art”). Don’t hesitate to get in contact with us to clarify eventual questions.

Deadline: 16.11.2015