Tent Pole Event: Include 2011 by the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art

The Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art is pleased to announce the sixth International conference on Inclusive Design.

Include 2011 will take place at the Royal College of Art, London, UK on 18-20 April 2011.

The theme for Include 2011 will be: The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen

As a concept, social innovation has growing currency in society, government, academia and business. It manifests itself in many different ways in different contexts. Its meanings extend from public service and policy innovation to initiatives in assistive technology and to aspects of civic participation and creative entrepreneurship. 

In all of these areas, design has a key role to play. It can make policy visible and participation possible.

In particular, inclusive design can deliver innovations of social value to communities and markets. 

The Include 2011 international conference at the Royal College of Art seeks papers on all design aspects that catalyse social innovation, in particular:

  • Organisation - what design tools, techniques, frameworks and networks support and enhance social innovation?
  • Origins - how has social innovation emerged as a design construct and in what ways does it manifest itself?
  • Outputs - research studies and design exemplars of social innovation, drawn from public space, health, transport and other key domains.

Include 2011 is particularly interested in papers that explore the direct relationship between inclusive design and social innovation.

Details for submission of abstracts for papers and poster presentations can be found here.

More details on the Include conferences can be found here.

"Tent Pole Events" is the phrase we are using to identify the many conferences springing up around the world that address Inclusive Tourism either directly or to a significant and sustained degree indirectly. The metaphor is to a tent being raised with supports scattered around the world. The tent is a space of welcome where those who have long promoted opportunities for travelers with disabilities collaborate with those who are now signing on for the journey to inclusion:

INTUR Nov 2010, Spain, (annual)
SATH January 2011, USA, (annual)
ICAT April 2011, Taiwan, (biennial)
REATECH April 2011, Brazil (annual)
Pac Rim Conference April 2011, USA (annual)
i-CREATE July 2011, Thailand, (annual)
IIDI Oct 2011, Brazil, (follow-up to March 2010 in 
Mozambique)
TRANSED Sept 2012, India, (biennial)
Interdependence 2012, May 2012, Canada
ENAT various dates in various EU locations

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