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2015 Convenors Report:
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The Convenor's Report from Greg Campbell was read by Ian Chambers (meeting chair).
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Another fascinating year on many levels. SRD continues to see increasing scope and benefit to encourage the thinking and the idea of Responsible Design. It is recalled that SRD's name had much deliberation, but it was agreed that it embodied all that was essential for future success in Design and beyond. It is noted that just this year Responsible Investment, Responsible Tourism, Responsible Fashion and Responsible Innovation and more are being adopted as significant new directions and book titles(*1), confirming SRD's good decision in our own name, its currency, longevity and meaning way back at our inception, 26 years ago, in 1989.
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Recently, SRD has tweeted, posted and promoted the 17 new UN sustainable development goals. Aside from the name change, the two big changes from the 2000 UN Millennium goals were 1. the large increase in the number of goals, recognising the interwoven complexity of world sustainability issues and 2. the shift from just asking for governments and countries to assist, by now including and encouraging business and community participation for a much broader scope, with more opportunity for direct connections and more action on the ground.(*2)
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Ian (chair) mentioned that another difference between the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) was that the MDG were targeting developing countries, whereas the SDG were for every nation. There was discussion around the positive impact that Pope Francis had been having in raising the profile of environmental and sustainability issues in the media.
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SRD (and Responsible Design generally) has good opportunity to report, encourage, suggest options and to make information available on better processes and thinking that should assist these UN goals to gain some of the innovative thinking, direction and traction they need. To assist as we may, would be good as one of SRD's aims over the coming year(s).
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Globally, many good examples of progress with similar work and thinking as SRD can be seen. A great example with Sustainia 100. Since 2012 an annual collection of the best 100 ideas with real capacity to sustainably advance society across a range of 10 areas. Food, Transport, Fashion, Buildings, Energy, Cities, Health, Education and more.(*3)
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A fresh initiative for 2015 with SRD members Greg and Cheryl on the 'OzLap15' greener conversation tour. Two people touring with a caravan, connecting and encouraging the positive change transition across Australia. This has already resulted in four talks, numerous conversations and so far 11 new SRD memberships with several book sales, all promoting greener thinking, ideas and practice in areas of Australia SRD has never quite reached before.
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Greg Campbell (via phone-ink) added that "doing 'the lap' has been a very interesting process with many opportunities to have (greener) conversations. It has confirmed that the general understanding in the community is that every day, ordinary people can contribute toward and do important things. It is also the growing consensus in the community that governance is too important an issue to be left to government alone and that citizens need to and are stepping up to the responsibility of doing something positive toward this."
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In May 2015, SRD also submitted a response to the Senate Standing Committee for the New Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations (REO) which was received and acknowledged. In addition, SRD later completed another REO lodgement confirming our Registered Environmental Organisation status (and Tax deductibility status as well).
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One of SRD's long followed connections advised of a new book "How to thrive in the next economy: Designing Tomorrow's World today" by John Thackara. It shows how creating change with good sense is making huge advances from soil quality to energy, wealth distribution and every area of human endeavour. The intent is to signal that everyone can and needs to be involved and take a stake in world issues that give traction toward long term sustainability and revision of the outdated notion of an eternal growth economy. SRD aims to get a discount for members on this book.(*4)(*5)
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Ian (chair) mentioned 'Solutions' a bi-monthly journal magazine, published by the ANU where the required format of the articles are that two thirds of each article must be devoted to the solution. We are working on some form of partnership, with special access options and / or discounts for SRD members, (details to be confirmed)
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SRD has, since inception, sought to promote this form of thinking by encouraging, promoting and creating well considered design. SRD will continue this role via our eNews, websites, lectures and conversations in any way feasible. We could not achieve any of this without great support from many good people. These include and many Thanks to Marie Rowe for assisting with today and making her home available for the AGM, some special baking, secretarial assistance and SRD records storage. Much appreciation goes to Ian Chambers for his role as chair today, SRD support and offering to get this AGM across the line; Selena Griffith for care-taking the SRD library and art materials, noting any SRD member is welcome to visit the SRD library at Selena's for a good read (in Elanora Heights, Sydney email: selenagriffith [AT] gmail.com); Cheryl Campbell for secretarial and special support in many areas; Tara Andrews for paying our annual web hosting and all SRD executive, committee and membership for their individual and varied efforts plus supporting a worthy concept. Mention was also made of recent and current projects promoted by the SRD such as: Talks, eNews, websites, books and SRD history slide presentation now online(*6).
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Ian (chair) also added that future research scenarios were being looked at including that if 20% of the Northern Territory of Australia was covered in Solar panels, then that would be enough energy to power the entire world. This indicates that the major obstacle in achieving any such success is Management and Government rather than technology. It was acknowledged that the growth of social media was having a positive impact on raising these issues within the community.
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We trust members will all find good ways to talk with new people about the possibilities, promote via digital media SRD's past and future goals and encourage best global practice Responsible Design in all its forms. Thank you to all for your interest and attending.
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* Report Reference: 1 Search "Responsible" books at www.greenleaf-publishing.com : 2 UN Sustainable Development Goals sustainabledevelopment.un.org and sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld : 3 Sustainia 100 www.sustainia.me/solutions/ : 4 A new positive direction design book... doorsofperception.com/thackarathrive/ : 5 Another great book deal... SRD members can get one third off online deal for the Rethink Building Materials PDF, only $19.99 (join for coupon code) rethinkbuildingmaterials.com.au : 6 History: The Slide Presentation of SRD's 25 years (from 2014) is now available online 25yearsSRD.pdf (approx. 20MB, sub-titles in the next version)
SRD Accounts update reconfirmed our modest but solid standing (details advised to members attending). All accounting has been completed for fiscal 2014 with a small profit the end result. Financial Year Reports are available for members review.
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Greg Campbell_DesignOz
SRD Convenor 2005-2015 / SRD Change series curator / manager

SRD AGM 2015: elected: SRD 2016 Executive committee members : Greg Campbell, Convenor; Ian Chambers (Author "Plan for the Planet") Deputy Convenor 1; Selena Griffiths, Deputy Convenor 2; Marie Rowe, Secretary; Non-exectutive committee: Cheryl Campbell ; Ian Cleland; Kate StJames; Kylie Maxwell; Jean Kropper; Sam Luke (one position is pending).
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