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Design Harvests in (very) short

this is a presentation I included in the application for the ECSEL fund. Is a nice story to support entrepreneurial development focussed on social innovation in Asia; and in China entrepreneurship is the trend and one of the keyword (together with harmony and sustainability). I didn’t get the fellowship (and I missed another chance for New York) but I step into an interesting community of practice.
So after months of downdate about of all my researches and activities, I start sharing this, that introduce the framework of the research, what we do, who we are, our harvests, where we would like to go…
from this somewhere, I would have been first or later back.

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From Data to Knowledge. Visualizations as transformation processes within the Data-Information-Knowledge continuum

This paper has been presented at
Information Visualisation (IV), 2010 14th International Conference. 445 – 449. 26-29 July 2010, London, United Kingdom

From Data to Knowledge. Visualizations as transformation processes within the Data-Information-Knowledge continuum

get the full text proceeding | by Luca Masud, Francesca Valsecchi, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Donato Ricci, Giorgio Caviglia

Abstract

In this paper we suggest a different approach that considers visualizations in the wider domain of communication and
defines a model capable of taking into account the context in

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A Didactical Framework to Experiment the Potential of Visual Languages in Engaging Social Complexity

This paper has been presented at
DRS2010 – Design & Complexity, Montreal: 7 – 9 July 2010
proceedings, eds.David Durling, Rabah Bousbaci, Lin-Lin Chen, Philippe Gauthier, Tiiu Poldma, Seymour Rowoth-Stokes and Erik Stolterman conference website

A Didactical Framework to Experiment the Potential of Visual Languages in Engaging Social Complexity

get the full text proceeding | by Francesca Valsecchi, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Donato Ricci, Giorgio Caviglia

Abstract

Development models often relate expert knowledge to social needs with a top-down approach, thus being not able to cope

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The DensityDesign lab: communication design experiments among complexity and sustainability

This paper has been presented Cumulus Conference 2010 “Young Creators for Better City and Better Life”, Shanghai, Tongji University, China, September 2010 conference website

The DensityDesign lab: communication design experiments among complexity and sustainability

get the full text proceeding | by Francesca Valsecchi, Donato Ricci, Giorgio Caviglia, Paolo Ciuccarelli

Abstract

Social complexity requires new processes fundamentally attuned to the social and conversational nature of decision making and design work; they should tend to enable a more

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Designing local cultures evolution and socialization within the global knowledge

This paper has been presented Cumulus Conference 2010 “Young Creators for Better City and Better Life”, Shanghai, Tongji University, China, September 2010 conference website

Designing local cultures evolution and
socialization within the global knowledge

get the full text proceeding | by Francesca Valsecchi, Eleonora Lupo

Abstract

The search for “locality” tends to be an obsession in contemporary design: “being local” is considered a synonymous of high identity, authenticity, sustainability and quality, and therefore, deliberately pursued through a design process

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Design Harvests: a network of social collaborative innovation hubs

This paper has been presented at IASDR Conference 2011
Diversity and Unity Oct. 31, nov. 4 2011, Delft, the Netherlands conference website

Design Harvests: a network of social collaborative innovation hubs

get the full text proceeding | by Francesca Valsecchi, Serena Pollastri, Lou Yongqi
Keyword: rural development, social innovation,
local heritages

Abstract

The paper introduces an innovative social collaborative design project:“Design Harvests”— Design for Xian Qiao sustainable rural community in Chongming. The goal of this project is to create prototypes of sustainable rural-urban interaction and development based on the usage of local

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PHD THESIS – presentation & discussion

The thesis in details
sorry, just in italian for the moment…

Cooperative design knowledge.
Creative actions overlook sharing practice.

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Extreme and Opposite Direction: An observation of grassroots social innovation

This paper has been presented at Cumulus Conference
2008, Jinan China, July 2008

Extreme and Opposite
Direction: An observation of grassroots social innovation towards sustainable and harmonious society in China

get the full text proceeding | by Francesca Valsecchi, Gong Miaosen
Keyword: Creative community, social innovation, service design, collaborative network, sustainability

Abstract

This paper reports a phenomenological research of Chinese grassroots social innovations and a pilot investigation on the nature of them and how to promote them in the context of China. Based on results from the research project Creative
Communities for Sustainable Lifestyle(CCSL), three cases are analyzed as emerging sustainable lifestyle. Furthermore, paper offers several discussions in services ideas and contents, rebound of industrialization and design role in promotion.

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Creative Community, collaborative Network and digital Service

This paper has been presented at Connexity Conference, 8th European Academy of Design Internationl Conference, April 2009, Aberdeen, Scotland conference website

Creative Community, collaborative Network and digital Service,

An experience of design for social innovation towards
sustainability

get the full text proceeding | by Francesca Valsecchi, Gong Miaosen
Keyword: Creative community, social innovation, service design, collaborative network, sustainability

Abstract

Social innovation is being considered as an important driver to sustainable society. And grassroots social innovations (creative communities) have been observed and studied as the promising cases of sustainable everyday life. The aim of this ongoing research is to focus the design role in enhancing

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Ethnographic approach to design knowledge. Dialogue and participation as discovery tools within complex knowledge contexts

This paper has been presented at IASDR conference 2009
Rigor and Relevance in Design Research, 18-22 October 2009, Seoul, South Korea conference website

Ethnographic approach to design knowledge.
Dialogue and participation as discovery tools within complex knowledge contexts

get the full text proceeding | by Francesca Valsecchi, Paolo Ciuccarelli
Keyword: design methodology, ethnography, dialogue, knowledge tools, knowledge sharing

Abstract

The following paper explores two main concepts: a) the ethnography as a thick and qualitative observation method, which refers to an active interpretation of the traditional ethnography by the communication design research mindset; b)

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