Creativity in prototypes design and sustainability: The case of social organizations

Clara Silveira, Leonilde Reis, Vitor Santos, Henrique S. Mamede

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The role of creativity techniques in the design of prototypes is of particular interest given its potential for innovation. At same time, despite the efforts of decades in terms of policies and programs of action, humanity has not yet come close to global sustainability. Sustainability design must involve society and creatively employ all available knowledge sources for creating sustainable software. This paper proposes a prototype design approach rooted in employing creativity techniques, while being guided by the dimensions and principles of the Karlskrona Manifesto. This approach is applied to the development of a multidisciplinary aggregator for the optimization of social services. As a result. guidelines for the use of creativity in requirements engineering will be presented, as well as on how to include sustainability issues, namely the Sustainable Development Goals and the five dimensions of sustainability in the design of prototypes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1243
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Science, Technology and Engineering Systems
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2020


  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Social organization
  • Sustainability


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