Design LED innovation to rejuvenate local food systems and healthy communities : an emerging research agenda

Ballantyne-Brodie, Emily, Wrigley, Cara, Ramsey, Rebecca, & Meroni, Anna (2013) Design LED innovation to rejuvenate local food systems and healthy communities : an emerging research agenda. In Cai, Jun, Lockwood, Thomas, Wang, Chensheng, Tong, Gabriel Y., & Liu, Jikun (Eds.) Proceedings 2013 IEEE Tsinghua International Design Management Symposium : Design-Driven Business Innovation, IEEE, Shenzhen, China, pp. 323-330.


Food Sovereignty (food freedom) is about empowering people to develop their own local food system. Food Sovereignty challenges designers to enable people to innovate the local food system, rather than having a food system which is dictated by corporate interests and failed business ethics. Communities are realising the potential for design to assist in the innovation process, and add strategic value to potentially localise the food system. Design Led Innovation (DLI) offers a strategic framework to address large-scale cultural, systemic and economic changes. The DLI approach empowers communities to take organised action to achieve a healthy, prosperous and happy way of life. DLI can assist with business models in the business world and it is evident this approach can assist with creating social change too. This paper presents on an emerging research agenda aimed to assist designer’s focus from individuals and systems to communities and urban problems. This paper also presents the research proposition that DLI and service design coupled with social entrepreneurial ventures such as local food projects and creative community inventions, have the potential to enable social innovation for healthy and happy communities.

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ID Code: 63401
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: service design, design led innovation, food security
ISBN: 9781479915422
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
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