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Ezio Manzini

Social Innovation

For more than two decades Ezio Manzini has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focussed on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of schools of design specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.  Presently, he collaborates with the Politecnico di Milano and he is Honorary Guest Professor at Tongji University (Shanghai), Jiangnan University (Wuxi), University of the Arts London (London) and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Cape Town).  In addition to his continuous involvement in the design for sustainability arena, he has explored and promoted design potentialities in different fields, such as: Design of Materials, in the 80s; Strategic Design, in the 90s (starting a Master in Strategic Design); Service Design, in the last ten years (starting the specific courses in Service Design).