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Title: Moving textile artisans' communties towards a sustainable future: a theoretical framework
Authors: Mazzarella, Francesco
Escobar-Tello, M. Carolina
Mitchell, Val
Keywords: Textile artisans’ communities
Social innovation
Sustainable future
Service design
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Design Research Society
Citation: MAZZARELLA, F., ESCOBAR-TELLO, C. and MITCHELL, V., 2016. Moving textile artisans' communties towards a sustainable future: a theoretical framework. IN: Proceedings of 50th Anniversary Design Research Society Conference, Brighton, Great Britain, 27-30 June 2016.
Abstract: The current economic crisis is building momentum for designers to challenge the linear take-make-waste model and explore sustainable strategies, services and systems. With this in mind, this research explores how service design can encourage textile artisans’ communities towards a sustainable future, providing social engagement, rescuing cultural heritage, boosting economic development and enhancing environmental stewardship. Service design is here proposed as an approach to empower such communities, co-design collaborative services and sustain innovations within an enabling ecosystem. The paper focuses on the first study of this research where a theoretical framework to help textile artisans’ communities transitioning to a sustainable future was co-developed with academic experts in the field. A Nominal Group Technique and semi-structure interviews were used to collect data; results and findings are presented as barriers, enablers and a manifesto to encourage a sustainable future. To conclude, next steps and challenges posed by the envisioned future are discussed.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20761
Publisher Link: http://www.designresearchsociety.org/
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