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Grassroots innovations from the popular economy for inclusive economies: design, crossing points and governance

News: Jan 15, 2020

On January 15, 2020, academics from different disciplines and practitioners from the private and the public sector will meet to discuss grassroots innovation for inclusive economies in a workshop organized by the Recycling Networks, the Managing Big Cities Program and the Business and Design Lab. The workshop will take place between 8.30 and 12.00 at the School of Business, Economics and Law, Malmstensmatsalen.

Urged by the Sustainable Development Goal 8 for a more inclusive and sustainable economic growth and in an effort to move beyond the informal-formal divide, the participants will explore the processes of grassroots innovation and their contributions to a global sustainable economy. Workers around the world are experimenting with a wealth of grassroots economic innovations creating not only their own jobs and sources of income, but also providing with critical services and goods, not limited to other low-income groups. These experimentations are not only economic but also political both for their aims of social change and in their consequences on public policies.

Informed by experiences and research from Latin American and African countries, in this seminar an international group of researchers will examine the design, crossing points and governance challenging and sustaining grassroots economic innovations. We will also interrogate these practices to reflect about what global North communities and societies can learn from them.

Helena Hansson, researcher at the Business and Design Lab and HDK-Valand, will present her work on frugal design approaches and in particular will discuss the way in which Jua Kali’s (street innovators) in Kisuma work. This work is part of Helena’s dissertation work, in which she investigates how design processes and designers can contribute to sustainable change actions in settings characterized by institutional voids and complexities, resource scarcity and lack of affordances, aiming to ”do more with less for many – with many”, as she says. Her research is connected to Mistra Urban Futures local platform in Kenya, Kisumu Local Interactive Platform (KLIP).

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Contact: mj.zapata@handels.gu.se


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