Is Innovation Innovating? Towards regenerative sense-making and value-creation -14


Anna Bertmark

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’m exploring how design may examine assumptions of innovation thinking and value-creation for fostering an ethical practice of regenerative culture. If innovation is design, how can it adopt 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-centred 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 Tampe. It aims to invite critique and engagement for stimulating the legitimisation of economies of care.

Keywords: system design, innovation, second order design fictions, sustainability

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