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Transforming Practices to Design for Systemic Transformation

A methodological framework to empower complex constellations of societal actors towards sustainable systemic change.

Transforming Practices (TP) is a methodological framework that "aids the move towards new paradigms related to the transformation economy and beyond. The aim of TP is developing new practices to address our societal challenges, based on principles such as learning and growing through doing, designing experienceable propositions, embracing complexity, starting from experience and our being in the world, utilising dialogical approaches, respecting plurality and multidisciplinary and working on an ethics of responsibility". (Hummels, 2020)

Transformative Practices

This expertise originates from an international research program that originally connected RISE and the Eindhoven University of Technology and includes nowadays Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå School of Architecture and the University of Genoa. This design-driven research provides a methodological support to transform current practices into socially and environmentally sustainable ones, by means of participatory design activities, multidisciplinary involvement and iterative prototyping. These programs unfold at different levels, such as academic research work, applied research work with different societal actors, strategic work in setting up regional transformative ecosystems. 

At RISE, we work with Transforming Practices in various ways. Transforming Practices is the main methodology in our Transformation Partnership service, where we offer guidance and expertise concerning transformations on a systemic level. It is also the main driving research force behind RISE expansion in Umeå and behind the creation of the design-driven transformative ecosystem of RISE and its strategic partners in the region. In this context, TP constitutes the methodological driver for exploration, where prototyping and experienceability are core to uncover new perspectives and explore new ways of shaping sustainable futures.

Transformative Practices

The methodological framework of Transforming Practices to Design for Systemic Transformation is being applied in many different contexts, such as: Eindhoven University of Technology; Umeå Institute of Design; Umeå Kommun; Province of Brabant; City of Eindhoven, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management; Glasgow Caledonian University; University of Bologna; Umeå University, Umeå Energi, Ultra, Akademiska Hus; Lanstrafiken; Philips Design; Komatsu; Polarbröd; IKEA; Nordiska Centrumhus; Telos.

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