Emergence by Design (MD)
Research Project , 2011 – 2014

MD research aspires to satisfy two kinds of objective. The first is to develop the foundations of a theory of innovation dynamics that concatenates design and emergence. The second is to design a set of processes, enabled in part by new ICT, that can help to mobilize civil society to construct a socially sustainable future. These processes will assist the managers of online communities of networks of innovators to enhance the generative potential of relationships among members of these communities monitor innovation cascades to detect signals pointing to the onset of endogenously generated social crises, as part of a system innovation policy that goes beyond the current strategy of priming the pump of invention and implement a new kind of dynamic evaluation for socially-oriented innovation projects, which can provide stakeholders with a multivalent representation of the social consequences induced by the projects to help them steer the resulting cascades of change in socially positive directions. The process designs will be informed by the theory, and the theory will be informed by the experience of consortium partners immersed in the world of relevant practice.


Martin Nilsson Jacobi (contact)

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory


Euclid Network Limited By Guarantee

London, United Kingdom

Factlink Bv

Groningen, Netherlands

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)

Le Chesnay Cedex, France

Open Evidence

Barcelona, Spain

Stichting Nederland Kennisland

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tech4i2 Limited

Thurcaston, United Kingdom

The Young Foundation

London, United Kingdom

Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia

Venice, Italy

University of Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

University of Warsaw

Warsawa, Poland


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/FP7/284625
Funding Chalmers participation during 2011–2014

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