Seeing problems in new ways — how (re-)framing contributes to tackling societal challenges

Mieke van der Bijl
May 30 · 10 min read

Fruitful frames

What do we know about creating frames?

the Double Diamond model (adapted from suggests that designing is a process of diverging and converging to a problem frame, before diverging and converging to a solution

How social innovation practitioners go about framing — beyond the double diamond

The framing patterns

Four of the five case studies showed a pattern of evolution of the problem frame that included divergence and convergence in framing, co-evolution of problem frame with the proposed solution, and selecting and developing multiple problem frames and associated solutions

Drivers of the framing process

Framing requires expertise




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Mieke van der Bijl

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I'm a researcher, educator, and designer with an interest in systemic design, complexity, transdisciplinarity and public & social innovation - views are my own.

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