DS 83: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE16), Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity, Aalborg, Denmark, 8th-9th September 2016

Year: 2016
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Christian Tollestrup, Kaare Eriksen, Nis Ovesen
Author: Bailey, Mark; Sams, Phil; Spencer, Nick; Bentham, Ashleigh; Bayliss, Becky
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1Northumbria University, 2The Royal Academy of Engineering (VP Scheme)
Section: New Design Paradigms
Page(s): 234-239
ISBN: 978-1-904670-62-9


The case for Responsible Innovation has been well articulated in the areas of science research and
Corporate Social Responsibility in business. This paper presents a case for adopting a design-led
approach in order to promote responsibility in innovation. It uses a case-study review of ten years of
innovation projects to explore the similarities and differences between approaches to Social
Innovation and Commercial Innovation in order explore the values of design-led Responsible
Innovation across these contexts. The research draws upon industry expertise, Masters projects and
theoretical models. In particular it relates the attributes of the design-led approach to the four
dimensions model proposed by Stilgoe et al. [6]. It concludes by proposing a framework that draws
upon notions of Deep Empathy as proposed by Michlewski [3], Dynamic Mapping, Consequence
Visioning and Toggling between micro and macro views.`

Keywords: Responsible innovation, Design-led, Multidisciplinary innovation.

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