Slow Design-driven Innovation: A Response to our Future in the Anthropocene Epoch

Marta Gasparin*, William Green, Christophe Schinckus

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Human activities have changed the Earth System to the point where we are in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. This is characterized as a climate crisis with the practices and meanings associated with innovation being challenged. ‘Slow Designers’, including those living in the most climatically vulnerable parts of the Earth, are innovating design practices by building on the heritage and history of local communities and using eco-friendly materials. These craft-inspired approaches could mitigate our over reliance on the Earth System. Slow design-driven innovation (DDI), by translating communities' heritage, history and territorial importance, creates sustainable products that customers love and care for. We contribute to the theory of DDI by bringing together concepts from the Slow Food movement and DDI, coining the term ‘Slow Design-Driven Innovation’. Slow DDI consists of four actions: envisaging the heritage, featuring the biodiversity in the product, translating traditional techniques into processes for innovative products and narrating a story about the products and their makers to promote new meanings. Managerially, this contributes to a model of responsible production that confronts current practices in today's climate crisis, as the products are long-lasting, high quality and are created using local organic materials, thereby protecting biodiversity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCreativity and Innovation Management
Volume29
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)551-565
Number of pages15
ISSN0963-1690
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anthropocene
  • Craft
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Slow design
  • Slow design-driven innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Vietnam

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