Cumulus and DESIS signed the partnership agreement in Shanghai, China – September 2010

CUMULUS and DESIS aim to develop a synergy between organizations, to meet the new demands presented by the rapidly developing societies, companies, culture and the global economy, and to reinforce collaboration on education, research and finally innovation.

DESIS and Cumulus signed the partnership in Shanghai on Tuesday 7 September 2010 during the Cumulus 20 year anniversary conference hosted by Tongji University during the time of World Expo.

CUMULUS and DESIS aim to develop a synergy between organizations, to meet the new demands presented by the rapidly developing societies, companies, culture and the global economy, and to reinforce collaboration on education, research and finally innovation. Regarding social innovation, the professional design community has a major role to play. Designers and design researchers must use their professional knowledge to empower the co-design processes-that is, to trigger new ideas, to orient the resulting initiatives and to conceive a new generation of enabling solutions, i.e. services, products and communications specifically conceived to support them.

Background

DESIS (Network on Design for Social Innovation & Sustainability) is a network of schools of design and other institutions, companies and non-profit organizations interested in promoting and supporting design for social innovation and sustainability. It is a light, non-profit organization, conceived as a network of partners collaborating in a peer-to-peer spirit.

DESIS was founded in Italy and sub-networks (DESIS-Local) were created – first in China and Brazil and then in the United States, Colombia and Africa. Each sub-network connects primarily local design schools but also other institutions, companies and non-profit organizations around local projects, innovative teaching and research. DESIS operates, then, in what might be called a local spirit: it is based on the local sub-networks, each one with its own story, specific research agenda and projects reflecting local needs, while continually dialoguing with its international peers, stimulating and being stimulated by them, in an ongoing cross-cultural forum.

Cumulus announced Kyoto Design Declaration in 2008. Cumulus members committed themselves to accepting their part in the further education of our youth within a value system to recognize the global responsibility to build sustainable, human-centered and creative societies.

By mutual endorsement, CUMULUS and DESIS will support and collaborate with frameworks and agenda of each own, to promote the future visions and ideas of design, create a diversity of approach to educational and research issues, and expand the impact on policy making at both national and international levels.

More information at:

http://www.desis-network.org/

http://www.cumulusassociation.org/

 

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