SEEK: Sustainable Everyday Enabling Kit

SEEK focuses on a selected number of framework projects and considers with particular attention the design tools that have been used or that are currently in use. On this basis, and considering different clusters of similar programs and projects, it generates some dedicated sets of design tools that we will call: enabling kits.

The enabling kits, therefore, are sets of design tools conceived to stimulate and facilitate co-design processes and larger social conversations. That is, to trigger new ideas, support dialogues, promote community building and foster the convergence of different partners. To do that they combine methodologies of user/community-centred design, service design, participate scenario building, solution visualisation, solution simulation and prototyping, real scale experimentation.

Enabling kits can be useful in all contexts where co-design processes and social conversations take place: from large research teams, to participatory co-design groups, from small communities to the whole society.
Role of the Design Schools

In SEEK program enabling kits are developed in collaboration with several design schools. Different schools play different roles:

•    Schools involved in selected framework projects, offering their experience in the co-design processes.
•    Schools involved in the enabling kits realisation, discussion and practical test realisation.

Selection criteria

In SEEK Program the framework projects, that are chosen as reference for enabling kits understanding, must have the following characteristics:

•    To have been successful and to present a clear (tacit or explicit) design approach as one of this success main motivation.
•    To be sufficiently developed projects, to make the analysis of the co-design process and of the implied tools possible


1 Establish the notion of framework project enabling kit (year 1)
•    An advising group of experts (professors, researchers and other experts) is established
•    The notion of framework project and the one of enabling kit are better defined (thanks to a desk research on current “tool kits”, “enabling packs”, “pedagogical packages” etc…).
•    On this basis, the notion of enabling kits in framework programs and projects is clarified and characterised too.
•    A pilot on three projects is conducted to understand their characteristics with respect to the idea of enabling kit developed in SEEK
•    A template to analyse framework projects in terms of enabling kit is made. It will be applied to guide research on framework  project enabling kits in SEEK 2nd and 3rd year.

2 Field investigations and kits prototyping (year 2)
•    Particularly relevant framework projects are selected, using the SEE collection and its clusters as database.
•    In-depth investigations of the selected projects enabling systems are made, including visits and interviews of involved key stakeholders.
•    A smaller number of framework projects with their enabling systems are selected. Their enabling systems are elicitated and improved in order to generate and externalise first “enabling kits”.

(NB: it has to be noted that, according to each specific framework Programs and projects timings, the year 2 activity might be carried out already in year 1).

3  Enabling kits assessment and fine-tuning (year 3)
•    Enabling kits prototypes are assessed by the involved design schools and revised via a common discussion and during a 2 days workshop
•    Enabling kits prototypes are disseminated through the DESIS network and, then, through the entire PERL network.

4 Working groups meetings and events (all along 3 years)
•    Three specific 2 days meetings are hold (one for each year of the SEEK Program), among partners, for in-depth experience exchanges and to take the most crucial choices. (Not yet fixed)