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Is Innovation Innovating? Towards regenerative sense-making and value-creation

Format: Papers, RSD11, RSD11: Radical shifts in planetary health, Topic: Economics & Orgs, Topic: Socioecological Design

Anna Bertmark

University of Brighton

Sustainability discourses in industry, settings have motivated companies and a new generation of innovators to align with climate change mitigating measures. As climate change is increasingly disrupting the systems that uphold consumption and production patterns, the dominant paradigm for value-creation and innovation culture falls short of interrogating their impact on the social and ecological systems on which they depend. I am exploring how design may examine assumptions of innovative thinking and value-creation for fostering an ethical practice of regenerative culture. If innovation is design, how can it adapt design justice principles to evolve into respecting planetary boundaries yet speak to human comforts? Through the metaphor of the dandelion latte, I explore how radical design principles may be applied to create references for planet-centered systems of provisioning. Research through mapping facilitates the process of designing from a complex, pluralistic and caring perspective. The project lies within the theoretical context of design justice, meta-design, systems theory, and regenerative design. This builds predominately on work by Mathilda Tham, Dulmini Perera, Pamela Mang, Tony Fry, Tobias Hahn, and Maja Tampa. It aims to invite critique and engagement for stimulating the legitimization of economies of care.

KEYWORDS: systemic design, innovation, second-order design fiction, sustainability

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Author(s): Anna Bertmark
Year: 2022
Title: Is Innovation Innovating? Towards regenerative sense-making and value-creation
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 137
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/is-innovation-innovating-towards-regenerative-sense-making-and-value-creation
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 22 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404