Transformative Learning as Impact in Social Innovation

Yee, Joyce, Raijmakers, Bas and Ichikawa, Fumiko (2019) Transformative Learning as Impact in Social Innovation. Design and Culture, 11 (1). pp. 109-132. ISSN 1754-7075

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Measurable impact is an often expected and required outcome of innovation programs, and yet is particularly challenging when trying to understand social impact. The overt focus on economic value often overshadows other more impactful social outcomes such as learning that has emerged as a result of the work. In this paper, we use Transformative Learning theory (TLT) to explore the types and ranges of transformative learning that take place in design and social innovation (D&SI). TLT is an adult learning theory in which critical reflection is used to challenge the learner's beliefs and assumptions and can be particularly useful in helping us understand the perspective shifts important for participants of D&SI initiatives. Our aim is to re-orientate the discussion on D&SI impact by focusing on transformative learning as a form of social value. Using examples and reflections of projects sited in various cultural contexts (Japan, UK, Europe), this paper draws attention to the significance of transformational learning in contributing to social change and demonstrate the potential in addressing, framing and communicating learning as one of the many important social impact that occurs in D&SI initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: transformative learning, design and social innovation, social impact, social value
Subjects: W200 Design studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2019 08:22
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 12:34

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