On March 12th, 2014, Nik moderated a panel discussion on Storytelling and Social Innovation at the end of the DESIS Philosophy Talk "Designers telling stories" at Design Academy Eindhoven. Some key questions addressed during the DESIS Philosophy Talk were: "Can we consider the act of telling stories of social innovation a political action, as it opens up the idea of public realm as a place where decision making takes place? Is storytelling in design for social innovation a poetic action, where the two dimensions of telling and making, as in the Greek idea of poiesis, are finally reconciled? Can we look at telling stories of emerging sustainable behaviours worldwide as a way to manifest what is at the margin of the mainstream of society and help its potentialities to be fully expressed?"
Panellists were (from left to right in the picture) Simone Farresin (Studio FormaFantasma), Sophie Krier, David Hamers (DAE), Liesbeth Huybrechts (MAD Faculty), Bas Raijmakers (DAE), David Parkinson (Northumbria University) and Marja Seliger (Aalto University).