Desis

DESIS Network

DESIS is a network of design labs, based in design schools and design-oriented universities, actively involved in promoting and supporting sustainable change.
In the complexity of contemporary society, social innovation is spreading and its potential, as a driver of sustainable change, is increasing. To facilitate this process, the design community, in general, and design schools, in particular, can play a pivotal role.

DESIS Network aims at using design thinking and design knowledge to co-create, with local, regional and global partners, socially relevant scenarios, solutions and communication programs.

DESIS Network collaborates with other networks whose focus is complementary to its own. In this spirit, to date, formal agreements have been established with: Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Sustainable Everyday Project (SEP), Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS), Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) and International Association of Universities and Colleges of Design, Art and Media (CUMULUS).

DESIS also establishes special partnerships with private companies, non-profit organizations, foundations and government agencies that share similar views and are willing to co-develop open projects on topics and areas of common interest.

DESIS is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).