DESIS (Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability) is initiated by Ezio Manzini. It is a network of design labs, based in design schools and design-oriented universities, actively involved in promoting and supporting sustainable change as change maker. At present, there are about 50 labs in 23 countries. DESIS Network collaborates with other networks whose focus (such as social innovation, quality of everyday life, design for sustainability, and design school coordination) is complementary to their own. To date, formal agreements have been established with: Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Sustainable Everyday Project (SEP), Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS), Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) and International Association of Universities and Colleges of Design, Art and Media (CUMULUS). DESIS also establishes special partnerships with private companies, non-profit organizations, foundations and government agencies that share similar views and are willing to co-develop open projects on topics and areas of common interest. DESIS is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
Visit the DESIS Network website for more information.