IMPACT THROUGH DESIGN by SocialFare and ELISAVA International open talk | Applied Design Research for SDGs


IMPACT THROUGH DESIGN: UN SDGS and Societal Challenges.
International Open Talk | SDGs Applied Design Research Program

Co-produced by

SocialFare | Center for Social Innovation Italy


ELISAVA – Barcelona School of Design and Engineering


IMPACT THROUGH DESIGN: UN SDGSs and Societal Challenges is an applied research program co-produced by SocialFare | Centre of Social Innovation based in Turin, Italy and ELISAVA – Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, aimed to improve and promote the generation of Social Impact through Design.

The applied design research program will focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will involve professionals, researchers, public and private institutions as well as the communities in which the best practices of Social Impact Design are already being applied in order to define a programmatic and systemic proposal for the next decade.

Starting in Turin (Italy) on May the 4th, 2018, the program includes an Open Talk Series in Marseille, Barcelona, Matera, Roma, Zurich, Toronto, Boston, Shanghai and will be presented at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York.





opentalk#1 | TURIN

Impact through design SDGs and Societal Challenges. The Italian Perspective

Friday 4th May 17.00 – 19.30 h | Rinascmenti Sociali, Via Maria Vittoria 38, Torino


opentalk#2 | MARSEILLE

The Marseille social design and bottom-up perspective

Saturday 19th May 16.00-18.00 h | Femmes D’Ici et D’Ailleurs,  4 Rue Mazagran, 13001 Marseille


opentalk#3 | BARCELONA

Data & the City. Design, Policy and Resilience. The Barcelona Perspective

Wednesday 23rd May 18.30-19.30 h | Elisava Design School, Rambla 32 08002 Barcelona


opentalk#4 | MATERA

The system food-design.  The Community Perspective

Saturday 2nd june from 11.30-12.30 h | Palazzo Lanfranchi, Via Carlo Levi Matera


opentalk#5 | ROME

Digital Social Innovation. Top down either/ or Bottom-up. Which sustainability through design?  The Public Interest Perspective

Thursday 7th June 11.00-12.00 h | Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile, 00186 Roma RM, Italy


opentalk#6 | ZURICH

Cultural devices: models of design and design of models. The Zurich perspective

Wednesday 27th June 2018 18.00-19.30 h | Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1,8001 Zürich, Switzerland




opentalk#7 | NEW YORK

Social Impact through design. The Design Schools and Policy perspective toward the transition to sustainability

United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), New York, United Nations

17th July 2018


opentalk#8 | TORONTO

Cultural impact. Principles and practices. The indigenous perspective and technologies.

3rd September 18.00-19,00 h | OCAD university, Toronto, Canada




opentalk#10 | SHANGHAI

Design for city-making. Models and Collaborative cities systems for no-Western social impact.

30th October 17.00-18.30 h | Tonjii University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, China




International Impact Through Design. The Festival

23th November | Rinascimenti Sociali, Via Maria Vittoria 38, Torino, Italy


SocialFare | Center for Social Innovation Italy

SocialFare is the first Center for Social Innovation in Italy. Research, community engagement, capacity building, and co-design are at the basis of our work to develop  innovative solutions to contemporary societal challenges, while generating new economy via social ventures. SocialFare is located in Torino, in the premises of  Rinascimenti Sociali, the place and convergence network dedicated to accelerate social impact knowledge and entrepreneurship in Italy.


ELISAVA – Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

ELISAVA is one of the most important schools of Europe, a pioneer in studies of Design and Engineering. The Centre, affiliated to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, has 2.000 students from around the world. ELISAVA promotes education, knowledge, research, development and innovation in the field of design, engineering and communication. The School offers a college education that prepares students to meet professional challenges worldwide.