About the Social Design Network

The Social Design Network is a unique approach to understand global complex challenges, social changes, in addition to critically questioning our own role as designers, design researchers and educators. In our network we seek to approach contemporary societies and social groups throughout the world, with curiosity, care, perseverance, and humility.

Social Design Network is a group of like-minded individuals who are willing to take proactive steps and initiate positive change together to reframe and further develop the approach of social design. We are built upon a humanistic and pluralist system of values, to develop and enhance these issues among design practitioners and educators.

The Social Design Network’s aim is to inspire, share knowledge, develop new ways of collaboration, explore innovative methods and tools for social impact. We plan to develop SDN in three main venues: first, setting in motion online courses and later - fully pledged MA and PhD programs that will focus specifically on social design versus current and future global and local challenges; second, developing practice-based design projects with local and national governments, NGOs, local communities, and industry partners that adhere to our common principles; third, further develop design theory and research in relevance to social design.

Who are the founding partners? 

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Rita Szerencsés– Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, HU

Bori Fehér– Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, HU

Ariel Guersenzvaig– Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, ES, 

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Jennifer Schubert -

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, IT;

Jonathan Ventura–

Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, ISR

Jo-Anne Bichard–

Royal College of Art, London, UK


Taavi Hallimäe

Estonian Academy of the Arts, Tallinn, ET

Alvise Mattozzi–

Politecnico di Torino, IT;

Janka Csernák–

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, HU


Ruth-Helene Melioranski– Estonian Academy of the Arts, Tallinn, ET

Bianca Herlo–

Universität Der Künste, Berlin, DE

Tom Bieling–

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, DE