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Social Design, Design for Good, Responsible Design, Design for Development – whatever you call it – Design for social innovation encompasses a vast terrain of activities.

Designers may work on small scale, stand alone solutions (such as the design of a wheelchair or a cancer awareness poster) or engage in large scale projects for cultural transformation. The effectiveness of a designer’s (or indeed of any socially-minded problem solvers', work in this broad terrain depends upon their understanding the scale in which they are operating and the impacts they hope to have.

Social Design Pathways at Winterhouse 2013

Social Design Pathways was conceived at the 2013 Winterhouse Symposium for Education and Social Change, to enable designers to make more honest assessments of their social innovation efforts and contributions.


The Social Design Pathways is a work in progress – its development relies on it being tested and used. The Pathways is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License . In plain English, you can use it any way you wish, as long as you attribute it and share any alterations or use of the matrix with us (and other users) by emailing to: socialdesignpathways@gmail.com.