Chapter events - Belgium

Summer School - Innovation in Social Design

We offer a 5-day practical, inspiring and engaging summer school in the context of Social Design.

Product, service and system designers (from local and international agencies), social innovators, academic researchers, and multiple other experts from (non-)profit organizations and governmental institutions will guide you through this summer school within the context of innovation in social design.

Social designers are looking for solutions to societal challenges, such as the environment, cultural issues and working with vulnerable target groups. During the summer school we will engage in the following themes:

  1. What is social design and how can we create an impact through social design?
  2. Challenges in social design: co-designing innovative solutions
  3. Thematic sessions on international and intercultural design
  4. Business modeling in social design
  5. Prototyping sessions in bio-design, circular design, digital and fashion design
  6. Storytelling through design


DAY 1 –  Storytelling through design

DAY 2 & 3 –  Co-design challenges

DAY 4 – International/Intercultural design + Business modeling

DAY 5 – Prototyping in bio / circular / digital / fashion design


Video: Summer School PSS design in health care

Speakers: You can read more about our speakers here

Anna Kint
Anna Kint - project designer and facilitator at !DROPS

“Using design processes to create social impact is what drives her.”

Annelys de Vet
Annelys de Vet - Founder & Director - Disarming Design from Palestine; Course Leader Design Department - Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam; Founder - Subjective Atlas Foundation.

She will teach 'storytelling through design, a think tank for visual strategies’.

Gert Linthout
Gert Linthout - Industry Team Lead at Möbius Business Redesign and co-founder at Mic Mac Minuscule

My passion is mainly in design-for-value, circular economy and continuous improvement.

GLIMPS - Our activities span from biomaterials to bio-inspired design and biofabrication. Our mission is to accelerate our transition to sustainable material use.

We offer product design services, we create experiential installations for exhibitions and develop professional trainings in biofabrication. GLIMPS will be giving a prototyping workshop.

Hester Ezra
Hester Ezra - Studio Hester Ezra

Combining 20 years of global experience, she has an innate sense of forecasting trends and movements to build sustainable brands and businesses. Studio Hester Ezra also heads a creative collective which shares the knowledge and love for good design and business.

Ivo Dewit
Ivo Dewit - Design & doctoral researcher @ Uantwerp | Co-founder SDN Belgium

“Fascinated by product-service interactions and the user experience it leverages”

Nathalie Goethals
Nathalie Goethals - founder & director of !DROPS npo, Ghent, Belgium

“A strong belief in the fusion of social innovation, design and healthcare.”