System Innovations in Design for Aging – A Research-driven Multi-stakeholder Approach for Transforming Health Systems


In many cases design approaches use a systemic point of view in order to gain insights that inform the process of developing new products and services or improve existing ones. At its best, design uses research methods as well as scientific evidence and creativity tools to tackle wicked problems in fields such as sustainability or health care. However, in order to have a long-term and effective impact design approaches must not only use a systemic point of view for isolated innovations but need to create or at least facilitate system innovations. Following the ideas of Geels and Schot (2007), Kemp et al. (1998) and Bizer and Führ (2015), system innovations are created at the intersection of technological, social and institutional areas requiring a high level of stakeholder engagement and using a transdisciplinary mind set. While this approach is state of the art in current research on design for sustainability (Ceschin and Gaziulusoy, 2016), it offers great potentials for design in the context of health care and aging. This paper presents frameworks comprising of suitable methods and starting points for design research and practise to create, initiate and facilitate system innovations in the context of health and wellbeing.

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Jonas Rehn, Darmstadt Universtity of Applied Sciences, Germany

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Conference: EGen2019
Stream: Built Environment

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