DESIS Lab Melbourne aims create a space to talk, share ideas, approaches and opportunities. This enables us to think differently, be inspired, be excited and hopefully tackle the various 'wicked problems' we encounter in our work/lives in a more effective way.
As a member of DESIS international network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability), we are focusing on building partnerships with design practitioners, academic researchers, industry and public institutions to collaborate, generate knowledge and make the contribution of design for social innovation visible at a national and international platform.
Several activities are currently being undertaken in the Melbourne hub, thorough partnerships between Swinburne and RMIT University. These include teaching DESIS studios, talks/lectures, collaboration with other DESIS nodes and research.
Service Design Network Melbourne (SDNMelbourne) aims to foster and support knowledge sharing on human-centred approaches and outcomes of design through invited speakers, workshops and informal conversations. It is a non-commercial network, focusing on building a community of interest and practice in this area to actively create a space for idea exchange and learn about projects, challenges and opportunities in Australia. It practices and promotes collaboration and collegiality across diverse fields in design, marketing, management, digital technology as well as the academic, business, government and public sectors. In doing so, it aims to provide exposure to and promote the contribution of a holistic approach to Service Design, which includes social innovation, human-centred design and systemic design thinking, that can benefit the public at large.