Institute for Design Innovation Speaker Series

The Institute for Design Innovation has organised a Speaker Series to bring together a mix of academics and practitioners discuss issues relating to design innovation.

Designing the Commons Seminar Series

This seminar series is organised by the Institute for Design Innovation, Loughborough University London as part of the ‘Counter-Framing Design‘ project.

The concept of the commons is mutable and its relevance in the age of digital capitalism hotly contested. Yet, at the onset of the COVID crisis, new commons emerged that responded to frontline struggles in crucial and urgent ways – through the formation of solidarity networks, digital knowledge commons to contest hegemonic digital infrastructures and support mutual aid, alongside community groups who acted to reclaim decaying public spaces in the face of physical distance measures. At the same time, concepts of commons emerge in new visions of the Welfare state (Cottam, 2020)*, that risk being jeopardised by idealist interpretations thereof. Conceiving the commons as a shared collective practice, this interdisciplinary seminar series will focus on these issues and debates to unravel the relevance of commons today, through the lens of design. 

Upcoming events

26 November 2020 10am-11.15am

Commoning Care in Grassroots Maker Communities

Further infomation

Dr Cindy Kohtala

(Aalto University, FI)

 MS Teams
3 December 2020 10am-11.15am

Designing the Cultural Commons 

Further infomation

Dr Torange Khonsari

(Director of Public Works)

 MS Teams
10 December 2020 10am-11.15am

Undoing Optimization: Seeking solidarity through the commons

Further infomation

Dr Alison Powell

(Ada Lovelace Institute) 

 MS Teams
17 December 2020 10am-11.15am

Design and Changing Institutions: The Case of Commonfare

Further infomation 

Dr Maurizio Teli

(Aalborg University, Denmark) 

 MS Teams



Past events

21 November 2019 10am-11am

Sexuality and the (de)stabilising power of algorithms

Further information

Prof Kate O’ Riordan

(University of Sussex)

10 December 2019 1pm-2pm

Changing Everything – Can Metadesign do this?

Further information

Professor John Wood

(University of Wales Trinity St. David)

Future Space