Current and coming generations will face complex problems of global scope, such as climate change, massive loss of biodiversity, international terrorism, and humanitarian crises tied to poverty, conflicts, and environmental degradation. The construction of solutions to such problems is inherently interdisciplinary and often emerges as large-scale social innovations that depend on novel modes of interaction among civil society, governments, and businesses.
This seminar aims to seed interest and to equip future architects, engineers, and managers with some of the needed skills to build solutions to complex global problems. Overall, we will learn from extant social-innovation initiatives and creatively engage in the analysis, design, and implementation of possible solutions. Emphasis will be placed on the practical, evolutive, collaborative, reflexive, and context-dependent dimensions of social innovation processes.
Participants will develop real responses to address a complex global problem of their choice. They will work in teams and take part in several intermediate actions including battles of problems, friendly consulting, and reflexive plenaries.
Participants will carry out intense in-class and extra-class duties (including preparation prior to and between classes). Those who do not intend to work hard should refrain from signing up. To keep an adequate level of supervision and hands-on approach, the seminar is limited to 25 (30 at the utmost maximum) participants. Exchanges may occasionally also happen in French, but English will be the main language of instruction, reading, and debate.
Social innovation, Global issues, Interdisciplinary action
Guilherme Azevedo, PhD (Audencia)