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Invitation to forming a Working Group in Cumulus

Forming a Cumulus Working group for Service Design, November 3

This is an open invite to a meet-up to form a Cumulus working group for education, teaching and learning in the area of service design.
Date: 3rd november 2018
Location: Wuxi, Cumulus conference

As more designers work in areas where a service perspective is dominant, new demands on knowledge, skills and attitudes are being forefronted. As relational perspectives become more important to design, culture and design can strengthen each other across old borders. As more designers call themselves service designers, new constellations of and relations between design practices develop. As more non-trained designers are doing and being involved in design work, new possibilities and challenges ensue to act as a trained designer. As universities and design schools increase their engagement in service organisations, social or societal challenges, new ways of working develop that relates to taking responsibility in such relationships. These challenges are not uniform for all universities, design schools, programs or courses. Across countries and cultures there is a large variation and a pluralism that is a good growing ground for sharing and developing knowledge.

While this invitation uses terms like ‘service design’, which may assume a prefigured field, this working group is also open to other understandings of what ‘service’ and ‘design’ might mean when framed from another culture or practice. Exercising diversity is one aim of this meet-up so we may respectfully connect and share in our encounters.

The basic idea of the working group is to connect universities and design schools around the new challenges for design and design education when engaging in service industry, public sector, civil society and societal transformation. The fundament for the working group is open sharing of challenges, ways of working, development goals, ideas for solutions, curricula, etc. The goal is to support each other in developing into being better in responding and handling the challenges, so that our students become better designers and our collaborators regardless of sector are better environments for designing.

We foresee that we will hold Share/Critique sessions in Cumulus conferences, organize DoTanks inbetween conferences, and publish our joint work through e.g. the Cumulus ThinkTank series. We also foresee collaborations with different Cumulus partners.

In Wuxi we want to meet up with interested parties, that later will be part of forming the formal Working Group in time for the Cumulus conference in Rovaniemi in 2019.

Full program for the conference: Cumulus Wuxi program
Register for the conference: Regster for the Cumulus Wuxi conference

The initiators behind the call is the network of universities behind the ServDes conference; Politecnico di Milano, Linköping University, University of Lapland, AHO, Aalborg University, Sungkyunkwan University, RMIT, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Laurea UAS.

For the Wuxi meetup the organisers are
Yong Se Kim, Sungkyunkwan University
Satu Miettinen, University of Lapland
Stefan Holmlid, Linköping University
Piia Rytilahti, University of Lapland

ServDes.2018

Local Scientific Committee
Conference Chair
Anna Meroni, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano

Co-Chairs
Davide Fassi, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Stefano Maffei, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Margherita Pillan, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Daniela Sangiorgi, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano

Track Chairs
1. Learning and practicing
Alessandro Deserti, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Anna Meroni, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Bas Raijmakers, Design Academy Eindhoven and STBY, The Netherlands

2. Sharing and collaborating
Marta Corubolo, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Daniela Selloni, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Anna Seravalli, The School of Arts and Communication Malmö University, Sweden
3. Measuring and evaluating

Francesca Foglieni, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Beatrice Villari, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Froukje Sleeswijk Visser, TU Delft, The Netherlands

4. Governing and evidencing
Stefano Maffei, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Marzia Mortati, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Jesper Christiansen, Nesta, United Kingdom

5. Producing, distributing and organising
Venanzio Arquilla, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Massimo Bianchini, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Peter Gall Krogh, Department of Engineering-Design, Aarhus University, Denmark

6. Experiencing and shaping
Davide Fassi, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Laura Galluzzo, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Oliver Marlow, Studio TILT, United Kingdom

7. Community and relationship building
Margherita Pillan, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Francesca Piredda, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Lisbeth Frolunde, The Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, Denmark

8. Envisioning and evolving
Daniela Sangiorgi, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Francesco Zurlo, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Lia Patrício, School of Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Learn more about the tracks

Conference Management and Organization
Conference Manager
Beatrice Villari, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano

Conference Manager Assistant
Ana María Ospina Medina, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano

External Events Coodinator
Martina Rossi, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano

Workshops
Workshops Chair
Marzia Mortati, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano

PhD Special Seminar
PhD Special Seminar Management and Organization
Annalinda De Rosa, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
with Camilo Ayala Garcia, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Stefano Parisi, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano

Advisory Board 
Silvia Piardi, Head of the Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Luisa Collina, Dean of the Design School, Politecnico di Milano
Giuliano Simonelli, President of POLI.design, Politecnico di Milano
Matteo Ingaramo, General Director of POLI.design, Politecnico di Milano
Paola Bertola, Coordinator of the PhD in Design, Politecnico di Milano
Ezio Manzini, Honorary Professor of Design, Politecnico di Milano

Visual Communication Design
Andrea Manciaracina, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano

Translations and English Editing
Rachel Anne Coad

Conference location

The conference address is: Milano, via Candiani 72 - 20158 - Milano - Italy
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Conference committee

Yoko Akama
RMIT University, Australia

Jeanette Blomberg
IBM, USA

Carla Cipolla
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Simon Clatworthy
School of Architecture and Design, Norway

Stefan Holmlid
Linköping University, Sweden

Yong Se Kim
Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Satu Miettinen
University of Lapland, Finland

Nicola Morelli
Aalborg University, Denmark

Janne-Valtteri Nisula
Laurea UAS, Finland

Lia Patricio
University of Porto, Portugal

Daniela Sangiorgi
Politecnico di Milano, Italy