Initiated by Nesta and made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation, STBY and Quicksand have edited and designed the DIY Toolkit. DIY stands for ’Development Impact and You’. The toolkit is primarily meant for practitioners in international development, but can be used by anyone who feels they can benefit from it. It contains a set of 30 best in class and proven tools that aim to trigger and support social innovation. Every tool has a concise description, a downloadable worksheet and some practical instructions to get you started. The toolkit is published under a creative commons license and therefore freely available online. Many tools also have one or more case studies that describe the use of them in the context of specific projects, organisations and cultures. On the website of the DIY toolkit people can share comments and rank the tools according to their experiences.
Bas Raijmakers co-authored an article about ‘Orchestration’ in the latest issue of CRISP magazine. “So many, you can’t get around it, So complex, you can’t get under it, So diverse, you can’t get over it, This is a chance to orchestrate your way out of your constrictions!” The article explores how ‘orchestration’ functions in Product Service System (PSS) development, helping to align collaborators and achieve harmony in a system where complexity can and should be embraced. A pdf of the full article is available here, and the complete CRISP magazine #5 is available here.
Marie de Vos co-authored an article about ‘Embracing Complexity’ in CRISP magazine #5: “Product Service System development is hard, but pretending complexity disappears when you ignore it solves nothing. PSS design teaches designers to embrace complexity and discover the rich insights that lead to excellent PSSs.” Issues with complexity are not limited to technology, but have to do with social reactions and behaviours brought about by a particular system. The pdf of ‘Embracing Complexity’ is available here, and the complete CRISP magazine #5 is available here.
‘Designing Relationships’ in the latest issue of CRISP was co-authored by Geke van Dijk: “As we move from mass-produced, one-size fits all products to personalised, adaptive and evolving Product Service Systems, the design deliverables take on other forms.” In the article, they look at ‘what comes out of the box when the user unpacks what they paid for’, and reflect on the new results that design should bring.” The pdf of the full article is available here, and the complete CRISP magazine #5 is available here.
Our project with the City of Amsterdam is featured on the national online knowledge sharing site for civil servants operated by KING. The project helped the local Amsterdam government to improve their service offering to entrepreneurs. The local government has now put a lot of effort into communicating and using the results. Within a few months, we are happy to see the research results already successfully utilised in various departments.