Mutuality and reciprocity: foregrounding relationships in Design and Social Innovation

Petrella, Viola, Yee, Joyce and Clarke, Rachel E. (2020) Mutuality and reciprocity: foregrounding relationships in Design and Social Innovation. In: Proceedings of DRS2020 International Conference, Vol. 2: Impacts. Proceedings of DRS, 2 (2). Loughborough University, London, pp. 23-38. ISBN 9781912294381

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Although the importance of interpersonal relationships to processes of design and social innovation (D&SI) has been acknowledged, there is limited research in identifying what constitutes a relational approach in D&SI. In spite of their importance for relationship formation and maintenance, questions of respect, reciprocity, power and trust –and their intersection with various cultural practices– are often left untouched in design discourse. This paper reports early findings from interviews with design and social innovation practitioners in the Asia Pacific region, detailing the significance of putting relationships first, establishing mutuality and building reciprocity. The paper contributes insights into how practitioners perceive relationships as both meaningful and essential and suggest areas for further research to develop a more nuanced understanding of relationships in D&SI.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: design and social innovation, relationships, mutuality, reciprocity
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 12:44
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:19

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