I have developed for my Design Thinking course a comprehensive explanation on how design can be part of big transformations in society. Instead of making changes to society, as in the paradigm of “social impact”, I teach my students to discover transformations already in course, understand them, and support them. The concept of contradiction is key to my approach: a unite of opposing forces struggling for dominance. Contradiction cannot be solved like a problem, but the struggle eventually produces a third force which transforms society.
Contradiction-driven design is my practical approach to produce third forces which can transform society beyond the current dualisms. Check the slides and the audio recording of the lecture for details.