The Social Design Cookbook, co-authored by designers and researchers from Finland, Hungary and the Netherlands, aims to uncover what it takes to design successful social cooperative systems – processes, organisations and societies.
The book showcases international examples of successful, sustainable and replicable formats of social cooperation such as Freesound, Restaurant Day and the Long Night of Museums.
What's in the book?
The book features 18 case studies of a broad, international selection of social cooperative formats that have not only been successful in their local communities but also replicated to other locations and contexts.
The case studies include: Restaurant Day, the one-day food carnival that has spread from Helsinki to cities in over 30 countries; Critical Mass, an urban cycling event reclaiming the streets that has brought 80,000 (!) cyclists to the streets of Budapest; PechaKucha Night, a global network of events for young architects and designers which is now active in more than 1,000 cities worldwide; Fab Lab, a workshop for digital fabrication that has been opened in over 1,000 cities globally; OpenStreetMap, an open source, collaborative digital map project enabling millions of volunteers to contribute to mapping our planet.
In the book we also introduce Social Design Canvas, a novel design tool which can be used to study, analyse and design new forms of social collaboration and cooperation. Social Design Canvas is the social and non-profit equivalent of Business Model Canvas.