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Small, Local, Open and Connected: Design for social innovation and sustainability


The only sustainable way to get out of the current global financial and ecological crisis is to
promote new economic models, new production systems and new ideas of wellbeing. To
define and implement these new models is, of course, very difficult. But it is not impossible.
And we do not have to start from zero. In the last decades, in fact, a multiplicity of social
“actors” (institutions, enterprises, non-profit organisations, but also and most of all, individual
citizens and their associations) have been capable of acting outside of the mainstream
models. And, doing so, to create a large amount of concrete experiences that could
consolidate, spread and become the most convincing answers to the present dramatic


Author Ezio Manzini

Publisher Journal of Design Strategies

Year 2009

Language English

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