A Symposium Design; a Catalyst of Sustainable India. 27 -28 January, 2012 National Institute of


There is increasing realization now worldwide, for the need to focus on sustainable development of both the society as well as the economy. Even in India the gap between the socio-cultural change and the economic change are increasing everyday. The present methods and models of both the business and the economic progress are inadequate and new models are being explored for new directions and leapfrog solutions. The emergence of the social economy makes even more explicit the great pressure to develop innovations related to social demands.

Social innovation is a process of change where new ideas emerge from a variety of actors directly involved in the problem to be solved: final users, grass roots technicians and entrepreneurs, local institutions and civil society organizations. (www.desis-network.org)

Design can provide important contributions to social innovation, and vice versa. Social innovation can be a large and growing opportunity for a new generation of designers:  professional designers and design researchers working to develop and sustain new networks, and feeding them with needed design knowledge. Design communities, design researchers and design schools need to recognize it as a new challenge and new area of activity. Institution, enterprises, nonprofit organization and most of all networks of collaborative people can be the potential collaborator/s with design fraternity to accept the change to bring the change in society.

Design for social innovation and sustainability is whatever design can do to trigger, support and orient social innovation and sustainability.

Design schools have now greater responsibility to educate the next generation design experts.Design schools can be today,active agents of sustainable change. They are the “laboratories of the new”, where new visions are generated, new tools are defined and tested and where new projects are started and supported dealing with the social and cultural diversity.

Design institutes thus form an important contributor to this new direction and the field. Various research based projects, professional design projects students classroom projects, workshops etc. are undertaken at these design institutes that explore new directions for social innovations and sustainability in the Indian context.

Also the design professionals in the country are actively engaged at the grassroots level and have explored and implemented new design directions that enhance and encourage social innovation and sustainability.

The two-day symposium aims to provide a platform for the design students, design educators and the practicing designers in this important field of Social Innovation and Sustainability to share, discuss  and learn from  the experiences and also create an active network of the likeminded designers.

For Registrations and other details write to:  desis-india[at]nid [dot]edu

Symposium Coordinator: Mr Amresh Panigrahi

Symposium Chair: Mr Vijai Singh Katiyar and Mr Shashank Mehta