Social designers

Social design is a participatory design approach to integrate marginalised communities. The aim is to produce knowledge on how service design can be used as tool in developing new service products and systems for improved social wellbeing.

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Comment by Cesar Yojiro Matsumoto on February 1, 2012 at 0:40

Hi everybody! 

I work with social innovation in Brazil, focused in helping governments to build citizen centered services, using design thinking and Theory U.

Here's our website (soon in english too):

Greetings to all!

Comment by Emer Beamer on March 30, 2011 at 20:47

hallo Natascha, sorry I am only seeing your message now, ages later, looks really interesting what you guys are doing, you can reach me at emer at

greetings all

Comment by marcio c. de c. dupont on March 30, 2011 at 17:56

HI I´m a new member, please visit my blog about social design, thanks.

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Comment by Satu Miettinen on December 21, 2010 at 20:00

Jee, great our group for all the new members!

Comment by Natacha Poggio on March 25, 2010 at 11:26
Hi Emer,
Butterfly Works projects are very exciting. I have been working on projects in India and Kenya (designglobalchange) but not in the scale of yours. I would be interested in learning more about your approach to partnering with communities, especially in Kenya where I have a current project that is still in development.

Comment by Satu Miettinen on February 14, 2010 at 7:48
Hi Emer,
Your work looks absolutely great. I'm at the moment in Cape Town and we are having co-creation workshop at CPUT next week on developing home-based care solutions.
Comment by Emer Beamer on February 12, 2010 at 21:40
Hi Matt, Satu,
I am from Butterfly Works, social design agency, we work through a co-creation process with the end users and other (possible) partners to develop prototypes and the final products.
in this slide from the Mobile Web East Africa conf you can see me showing the cycle we use, can send you the slide, to study better.
We do a lot of the type of work I think you have in mind see or ping me here,
Comment by Marc Stickdorn on January 10, 2010 at 14:15
more or less.. But we will have another public evaluation of all submitted methods and tools. So, if you want to add something, I could include still it! It would be nice to get some more descriptions of tools/methods discussed earlier! So, please feel invited to add them!
Comment by Matt Jones on January 8, 2010 at 21:57
did we miss the cut off for your request!?
Comment by Matt Jones on January 8, 2010 at 21:56
I feel like I have been on another planet for about a month! It is good to be back online and reengaging on this topic.
I would really like to hear some thoughts on what this group has found to be most effective in developing new services to meet previously unmet needs in marginalized (socially/economically/politically) communities.

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