DESIS NETWORK operates as a constellation of Labs and Lab-Initiatives, supported by a Platform. Each one of these Labs belongs to its own University and has organizational and administrative autonomy with respect to the Association.
How does it work?
The overall political, cultural and organizational direction of DESIS NETWORK is given by the Assembly that approves the Annual Program planned by the International Coordinator (with the International Coordination Committee and the Platform Team) and the President.
The International Coordinator (with the International Coordination Committee and the Platform Team) and the President put into effects the approved Program. Each Member indicates, for one or more years, a Lab Coordinator that will be representative of the Member in the annual Assembly.
About DESIS Initiatives and Platform
DESIS Initiatives are the actions that results from specific written agreement between two or more Members. In this agreement every administratively and economically outstanding (budget/obligations granted by the involved higher education institutions with design discipline and the managers of the agreement) aspects will be stated.
The DESIS Platform is managed and the costs covered, as part of the IC’s Program. It has the same administrative and economic structure of a DESIS Initiative.
About Governance Roles and Education
All the DESIS governance roles are pro bono. The only remunerated activities, by each Member or by each DESIS Initiative if it is the case, are the ones performed by the Platform Team in the economic framework of the principle of Association said at art. 2, “The Association doesn’t have own funds because each Member bears own expenses in the area of the Association and no common expenses for the Association will be taken”.
Private or public higher education institutions, sharing the DESIS vision and rules, can support specific projects (administrated by a DESIS Lab or a DESIS Initiative) and become DESIS Members.
DESIS Network’s purpose is “to promote design for social innovation in higher education institutions with design discipline so as to generate useful design knowledge and to create meaningful social changes in collaboration with other stakeholders.”
DESIS Network’s purpose is “to promote design for social innovation in higher education institutions with design discipline so as to generate useful design knowledge and to create meaningful social changes in collaboration with other stakeholders.” Applying members who share the same vision and fulfil the following requirements will become DESIS Labs.
Members can be legally constituted higher education institutions or Universities with design disciplines (hereinafter referred to also only as “higher education institutions” or only as “Universities”), private or public, sharing DESIS motivations and visions and supporting DESIS activities (Labs projects, international Initiatives, Platform improvements).
Once the Membership Request Letter and its attachments have been received by the International Coordination Committee, they will be analysed in order to verify if the formal requirements are satisfied. On this basis, feedback will be send to the interested teams.
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