Creating Change – Designing for Transformation

Background

Change is Inevitable

We, as a species, have always moved forward by being curious and embracing change. We see this throughout history in every part of society and business. We need transformation more than ever, but we are struggling with the complexity of our challenges. There is a mounting realization that complex problems cannot be solved by individuals alone. Therefore, we have to master the tools for transition design and co-creation and to solve them together.

Both the global human community and the planet literally depend on how we design solutions that can bring us out of the sustainability crisis and enable civilization to thrive on this planet, for generations to come. The need for building the adaptive capacity of society in ways that strengthen the resilience and expands the creative potential of our communities (macro level) naturally connects design thinking with business development. To remain relevant and competitive in the future, organizations (micro level) must learn how to be able to deliver profound, meaningful and transformational value, creating positive impact on a much deeper level. On an operational level, this comes down to, not only respecting scientific sustainability principles when designing or producing products, services, structures of organizations or society at large, but to rather elevate the ambition further to reach our near Agenda 2030 goals.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

• Demonstrate key components of design for insightful transformation and collaboratively create strategies for a regenerative future.

• Change inner to outer goals. Connect their work to what they believe in through purpose driven strategies to create more effective results by using purpose as a guiding principle.

• Understand how to align profitability and positive environmental impact through circular design strategies.

• Use wicked problems, fast prototyping and transition design as tools to speed up the process towards meeting the emerging need for transformation.

• Create awareness of how a holistic, systemic and relational view on collaboration and co-creation, can influence the outcome of creative processes in a multi-disciplinary group.

content

The aim of this course is to explore key components of design for insightful transformation and collaboratively create strategies for igniting positive transitions towards a more regenerative future; from a product and service level up to societal systems-level. The course allows students to elaborate on how to move beyond the ambition to climate neutrality and aim at fulfilling people’s needs by generating positive behavioral change, through life-affirming lifestyles that also conduct to economic growth.

The starting point for the course is to understand and define the paradigm shift, addressing the power of purpose and methodologies for successful trans-disciplinary collaborations. Going through systems thinking, transition design methodologies, and how to navigate through transformation the course works with circular design strategies and doughnut economics to give the full circle perspective on the necessities to create tangible and climate positive systemic concepts. The broad content will give a light, yet complete overlook of how to design for insightful Transformation.

TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITIES

The course will mix lectures with design sprints, discussions and workshops by the students as well as leaders in the field. The overall structure is based on three blocks; The Paradigm Shift, From Inner to Outer Goals and The transformation. The course will start with an introduction to sustainability challenges, followed by an intense inspirational series of visits and presentations from bench mark companies and organisations from different fields working with design related to ecoliteracy. After that the students will dive into themselves to find their own evolutionary purpose and learn how to collaboratively work according to their interest within their eco system on an individual level, group level and societal level. The course will thereafter blend theories and models with practice through real-life challenges and group assignments. Literature and videos will support the student´s learning. As the course focuses on prototyping of actual “wicked” problems, teaching is conducted in an interactive manner with participants expected to take an active role throughout the course. At the moment, this course is available at Stockholm School of Economics and Konstfack – two vastly different institutions with vastly different and diverse students, making it a certified interdisciplinary course. In the context of innovation, diversity is a valuable strength and building interdisciplinary teams is an undeniably vital method for success.

GRADES AND FORM OF ASSESSMENT

Examination
Grading will be based upon:
• Group Project (40%)
• Individual Home Assignment (60%)

Attendance
Attendance is mandatory.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The course language is English.
The course is offered within the framework of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
Responsible institution: Konstfack.

Literature and teaching aids
Literature will be announced in connection to the start and communicated to enrolled students.

Course type

MSc

Structure

The course runs after 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2-3 hour sessions

Credits

7.5 ECTS-credits

Taught At

Konstfack

Swedish Course Name

Design för insiktsfull transformation