Siamo Tutti Designers? ~ Are we all Designers?

Il video della nostra prima diretta Facebook sul Design Thinking ~ Our first live Facebook video recording on Design Thinking.
Design thinking webinar

For the first, but likely not the last one, this blog post is a video and is in Italian!

Per la prima, ma probabilmente non l’ultima volta, questo post e’ un video ed e’ in italiano!


Abbiamo presentato 10 aforismi sul design e il design thinking, il modo in cui secondo noi il design thinking e’ utile nel Terzo settore e varie risorse per saperne di piu’ sul design thinking (tra cui il corso di formazione che terremo il 23-24 febbraio 2018 a Roma).

Design Thinkinf for the Third Sector



Watch, comment and share :)

Guardate, commentate, condividete!!


Qualche ulteriore info sul corso:

Locandina corso VIS

A Roma, presso una delle sedi del VIS - Volontariato di Solidarieta' Internazionale

23-24 febbraio 2018
(+ 6 settimane online per chi vuole)

Alternando presentazioni (mattina) ed esercitazioni pratiche (pomeriggi)

Cosa si imparerà?

• Analizzare in modo nuovo e creativo problemi e bisogni degli utenti
e/o dei contesti in cui operano;

• Empatizzare con i propri utenti e progettare gli interventi mettendo
gli utenti al centro;

• Trasformare le intuizioni (‘insight’) sugli utenti in opportunità di sviluppo
e innovazione;

• Confrontarsi con il design thinking e i relativi strumenti e valutare come inserirli nel proprio lavoro;

• Testare e verificare prototipi e nuove idee in modo rapido ed economico.

Come ci si iscrive?

Basta mandare un’e-mail a


  • Allegato: Mini CV

Scadenza: 11 febbraio 2018


Thanks to ~ Grazie al VIS - Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo :)

Ale e Fra nel video


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Small matters. And if it's tiny and it’s for housing, it matters more!

Smart solutions do not need to be big... as long as they are great! + Tiny Houses University

Have you ever dreamt of living like a turtle? We have! Try to imagine it - no need to hunt for a flat, your house is already on your back. No need to pack your stuff when moving out, your stuff moves with you. No need to rent your place when being away for a long time or for good, your place comes with you. Wouldn't it great?! You don't need to be a nomad to agree. It's enough to have experienced home-hunting when you went to study in a new town. Or you relocated to follow family, a new job or your inspiration :-)

Well, a solution to live like a turtle while remaining human exists. It's called ‘tiny house’.

Tiny houses are small (usually the surface of a car park), mobile houses that one can make and move from one place to the next. They can contribute to solving the housing problem in cities by:

  • Fighting over-crowding and extreme density - because they are tiny and compact.
  • Reducing costs for hiring and, most exciting, building your own house! - because they are tiny and comparatively cheap.
  • Saving space and reducing over-consumption & clutter - because they are tiny and challenge their inhabitants to have comfort with less.
  • Making if fun - because the idea is that the owners build them, make them their own. Plus, born out of 1 same concept, they can be tailored to the owner’s tastes, needs and creativity. A great example of design, isn't it?


Tiny houses are the first urban innovation we came across in our travelling project. We were in Berlin, heading to the Bauhaus Archiv and we literally bumped into an open-air exhibition of lovely little houses fitted on wheels, just on the museum’s surrounding space. We then learnt that the exhibition has been on since March 2017 and will last for one year. We learnt that it is not only an exhibition but actually a learning space - the Tiny House University. Designers, architects, urban activists, innovators and other (ad)venturers from Germany and from abroad are studying, building and researching new and more equitable forms of interaction.

Tiny House of Cafe Grundeinkommen - Berlin's Basic Income Cafe

Tiny houses there are hosting social enterprises, testing a new cryptocurrency, practising food-sharing. They are providing co-working opportunities (and housing, of course!) to refugees. They are merging know-how and ideas of different nationalities. For aVOID tiny house, for example, Leonardo mixed and matched Italian design and German technology. 

Like, Tiny House U students are idea(l)s-driven and solution-focused. And do this by crossing borders - of disciplines, of status, of countries, of cultures. We were glad to spend some time with them!
We didn't have a chance to sleep in a tiny house, but this is only postponed… until we get our own :-)

Inspired by the tiny houses like us? Not convinced by their potential for a solution? Or simply having found another way to live like a turtle?
Please leave a comment in the space below!

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Urban innovation for socially smart cities

Research topic #2
Eye building

Urban innovation is one of the 3 areas we are exploring, along with ‘radical food’ and ‘sport for transport’.

Why urban? Because, for as much as we like the countryside, being outdoors, breathing fresh air, contemplating starry skies and resting our ears in pure wind… Francesco and I are city people. Born and grown up in cities.

Why innovation? Because our city lives taught us how difficult it can be to live healthy, happy (read: stress-free) and sustainable lives in cities. One can flee the city and find refuge in an eco-village (watch this space as we’ll soon blog about it!) or can creatively find solutions that make cities a better place to live in. Better for the people and for the planet. Socially smart. Some innovative solutions already exist and, in our travelling research, we want to know more about them.

If you want to read about the first urban innovation we came across in our exploration, follow this link to our next post.
And if you have any suggestions of social enterprises promoting urban innovation in China, Nepal or Myanmar, please use the comment boxes below!

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