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DESIS-lab Melbourne, led by Yoko Akama, is a space to talk, share ideas, approaches and opportunities. This enables us to think differently, be inspired, be excited and hopefully tackle the various 'wicked problems' we encounter in our work/lives in a more effective way. DESIS-Lab Melbourne was established in 2012 and has focused on building partnerships with design practitioners, academic researchers, industry and public institutions to collaborate, share knowledge and make the contribution of design for social innovation and sustainability visible at a national and international platform. We support several activities, including public events, educational studios, community projects and research initiatives. Most of their talks are recorded and the project outlines are shared through an on-line platform (www.desis-lab.org). 

DESIS-lab Melbourne currently has over 300 members and is supported by major design academic institutions in Melbourne including RMIT University, SwinburneUniversity of Technology, Victoria University, Melbourne University, Monash University. Partnerships with organisations range from public services like the City of Melbourne, Department of Human Services, Worksafe Australia, Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI); Non-profit organisations like the Green Living Centre, Oxfam Australia and Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL); and social enterprises like Co-Design Studio, Design Managers Australia, Open Government Melbourne, Shareable, Doing Something Good and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). It is also affiliated with several prominent networks, such as Service Design Melbourne, and the Centre for Social Impact.

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