The N4V research project is an interdisciplinary network that builds visions for social innovation. It is promoted by IMAGIS, our research group. N4V wants to relate realities that are working with images and narratives and that, through their activities, are trying to contribute to social innovation.

N4V would be a meeting table to share knowledge and experience acquired over the years by the individual participants. We would like to make different fields of actions come together: from the audio-visual production to marketing, from engineering to visual arts, from city planning to psychology to social sciences.

N4V would like to be a meeting table between these realities, to share their knowledge and experience acquired over the years. Each participant will have a chance to make the other members try his own tools, techniques and processes of construction of images and narrative. These moments might give rise to common thoughts and ideas on alternative and cross-disciplinary uses.

N4V wants to build a transdisciplinar network and define a theoretical and methodological framework, a common approach funded on the production of images and visions for supporting research and collaboration processes at the urban scale with a social innovation perspective.

N4V is a year research project. Much of the work of sharing of ideas and experiences can be done remotely and will be coordinated by our group. Some actual meetings between all the participants are expected, as short workshops. On these occasions we will also have the opportunity to invite some experts that will help us to develop our themes and tools, suggesting techniques, visions and perspectives useful to everyone.

Within a year the N4V would come to define a shared way of working and to position its activity within the community of scientists and practitioners involved to participatory communication for social innovation. N4V would also like to be able to produce some concrete results, communicating its own path through conferences, scientific papers and dissemination moments. N4V would therefore be a first step to learn about realities dealing with and researching the same themes from other perspectives and to begin networking. If the experience will prove to be positive and productive as we hope, this could also be a first step to build more complex and synergic relationships, for example working together on projects and funding proposals.

Please, contact us by e-mail We would like to define quickly the members of the network and
be able to announce soon.

IMAGIS is a research group of the Department and the School of Design at the Politecnico of Milan. It deals with communication strategies, audiovisual language, storytelling and game experiences for the enterprise and social innovation.