DESIS Symposium:Social Innovation and Cultural Re-orientation


Supporting Information

Hosted by:Jiangnan University, China Industrial Design Association

Organized by:School of Design, Jiangnan University

Endorsed by:Cumulus Association, DESIS Network

Location and time (on-site):12th November in Yantai, China, 9:00 UTC+8

Live (online):https://meia.me/course/170467/

About the Conference

In 2020, School of Design, Jiangnan University launched a new round of academic conferences, which is carried out in forms of a series of symposiums and discussions and deep dialogues under the framework of "Livelihood Wisdom and Design Future", and around the hot topics in the frontier fields of current design disciplines. The theme of the conference in 2020 focused on the characteristics of light industry, with the combination of the development frontier of design disciplines. The conference in 2021 brought the value creation of local culture into focus, and emphasized the value realization of diverse culture through the reflection of cultural differences brought by regional differences in globalization. In 2022, the conference will conduct discussions as to the future transformation and potential changes of the discipline by highlighting the future-oriented transformation under the circumstances of great changes unseen in a century.

As one of the sub-forums, the 2022 DESIS Symposium is themed "Social Innovation and Cultural Shift." Human society is undergoing a profound change unseen in a century. We have always been holding the wishes for peace and development,whereas the international society has been forced to face the ever-strongerriotsand recession. In the last era, the essence of sustainable development was to deal with the contradiction between current development and long-term growth. More and more people directly feel the current survival crisis at this stage. All-round crises are widespread worldwide, including potential epidemics, frequent extreme climate conditions, intensifying geopolitical conflicts, continuous economic recession, unemployment waves, and intensified social conflicts. The need for future transformation is no more urgent than now. Simultaneously, we can detect some emerging social innovation phenomena and cultural turn signals. Globally, more and more people begin to re-understand traditional values such as family and community, ethnic identity tends to return, and national culture continues to awaken. In China, we are unswervingly turning to the goal of ecological civilization, rural revitalization, and shared prosperity. In this significant historical change, these social innovations and cultural shifts will provide new ideas and opportunities for people to cope with the current crisis and long-term growth. So how should sustainable design, especially social innovation design, respond to the proposition of the new era? These will be the topics that fall into this conference.

The conference will invite domestic and foreign experts, scholars, and research pioneers to conduct exploration and experience sharing jointly. We hope it will help us get more inspiration, analysis, and judgment, and therefore jointly seek to designerly ways to transform Chinese society and future development.


Chaired by:

Bao Yixi, Professor at the School of Design, Jiangnan University

Gong Miaosen,AssociateProfessorattheSchool ofDesign, Jiangnan University, Executive Board Member of Cumulus

9:00-9:20 Opening Ceremony

DuGuocheng, Professor, Vice President at Jiangnan University

Liu Ning, President of China Industrial Design Association

Cao Ming,Associate Professor and Vice Dean oftheSchool of Design, Jiangnan University

9:20-11:45Keynote Speech & Roundtable Discussion

Cultural Re-orientation and Social Innovation in the Profound Changes(大变局下的文化转向与社会创新)

Gong Miaosen,AssociateProfessorattheSchool ofDesign, Jiangnan University, Executive Board Member of Cumulus

Livable Proximity: A Design-orienting Scenario

Ezio Manzini, Chair of DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability),Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano

Design Culture for Peace

Lorenzo Imbesi, President of Cumulus, Full Professor at La Sapienza University

Walkability for the Cities – Longevicity Project

Francesco Zurlo, Dean and Professor of the School of Design, Politecnico di Milano

Design, Academy and Society(设计·亚搏APP官方网站(中国)有限公司·社会)

Jiang Jun, Professor of School of Design&Innovation, China Academy of Art,Director of Research Institute of Society&Strategy


ChenJiajia, Professor and Vice Dean of the School of Industrial Design, Nanjing University of the Arts

Li Jian,Associate Professor, School of Industrial Design, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Shi Di, Associate Professor, School of Design, Jiangnan University

12:00-13:30 LunchBreak

13:30-15:30 Keynote Speech

NICE2035, A Design-driven Experiment in Community Re-construction(NICE2035,一个设计驱动的社区再造实验)

Lou Yongqi,Professor, Vice President at Tongji University,Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering

Chinese Modernization: The Re-orientation andRe-envisioning of Design(中国式现代化.设计的转向与面向)

Duan Shengfeng, Vice President and Professor of Sichuan Fine ArtsInstitute

Social Innovation Design Responding to Carbon Peaking and Carbon Neutrality Goals(社会创新设计回应双碳目标)

Liu Xin, Professor of School of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University, Director of the Institute of Ecological Design

From Cultural Industries to Cultural Business: Design Participation in Different Contexts(文化产业到文化事业——不同情境下的设计参与)

Peng Shengfang,Professor and Vice-dean of the School of Innovation Design, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Design Intervention and Features in the Transformation of Public Service(公共服务范式转型的设计介入路径与特征)

Zhang Jun, Associate ProfessoroftheSchoolofDesign, Hunan University

15:30-15:50 TeaBreak

15:50-16:50 Roundtable Discussion


Cao Ming,Associate Professor and Vice Dean oftheSchool of Design, Jiangnan University

ChenQingjun, Professor at theCollegeofFashionandDesign, Donghua University

XueKun, Professor and Vice Dean of the School of Applied Design, Shandong

Zhang Ming,Dean and Professor at the School of Industrial Design, Nanjing University of the Arts

16:50-17:00 Closing Speech