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Slices of Real Design with Australian focus plus highlights from around the world. Responsible Design examples, direction, education, discussion, connection & more. The term Responsible Design is quite broad and encompasses all thinking and practice that is intended to give positive and tangible longer term benefits. Most of the technology is there and just needs application, re-development and scaling.

The circular economy and decarbonisation. How can organisations use circular business models for their decarbonisation outcomes? Join Planet Ark’s Head of Circular Economy Development, Nicole Garofano, and the Australia Institute’s Circular Economy & Waste Director, Nina Gbor, in conversation about how different sectors and products can improve their practices and achieve net zero. Using a built environment case study from the European Union, Nicole will examine the art of designing for modularity, adaptability and disassembly, rather than demolition. Thurs 23 May 2024 11am AEST 1hr Zoom Free  Recording available now.

South Pole Destination Zero report 2024 Worth a read for many insightful and innovative perspectives. South Pole surveyed 1,400 businesses across 12 countries and 14 sectors to produce 2024’s definitive report on the corporate landscape and progress towards net zero. Building on earlier research reports, they dig deep into some of the biggest trends in corporate sustainability right now: *How on track are climate conscious companies in reaching big climate targets? *Why and which sectors are greenhushing the most? *What is holding them back and what solutions are they turning towards to move from ambition to action?

 📣 *Can we Reverse Climate Change by 2030?

Australia’s SRD charity asked to pen Journal Chapter on Climate Action;
your input invited.

After our conference paper series advancing sustainability, asked us to submit a Chapter for new Routledge Journals on UN SDG progress. Most people know the SDGs are grossly under-achieving, so the Chapter Title asks the provocative question(*): This asks the important ensuing questions; “If Not, by when?”, “Does anybody know by when?” and, to respond best, “How may we best resolve the closely related issues, especially as time is running out?” plus “Where are the best current ideas for achieving this?”

You are invited to contribute a paragraph (or 2) for this Journal to enable real Climate Action by 2030. We must share the keys to change perceptions that it can’t be done. Many say it has to be done. Governments show they’re not up to the task alone.

We already have several great responses from published authors and experts in different fields, from Energy to Consumerism and Built Environment. Getting to the heart of answering how we may advance the urgent issues. The well-received brief:
The original reference paper: You need to be well-considered and to the point about how the world needs to change. Your input  is requested. 

SRD National Charity asked to pen Journal Chapter on Climate Action;
your input invited (detail above).

VERGE 23 by Greenbiz USA have good grounds to say they’re the leading climate tech event accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. It is the center of gravity for the climate community — leaders from business, government, solution providers and startups — working together to address the climate crisis. Verge23 videos Email SRD your take or addition to the discussion & action.  (many may see SRD is working on a  Journal chapter!)

Design for Planet returned 17-18 Oct 2023  Review their recorded videos for An inspiring selection includes: Design for Environment; UX & visual design; Design with Nature; Disruptive Design; Starting behavioural revolution. Inspiring the social revolution, designed by people focusing on Carbon & the Biodiversity crisis. 17-18 Oct 2023. 8-9 Nov 2022 Agenda videos, Festival EZine.  Also see Design for Planet by DCUK 2021. Cool collection of multi-sectoral videos explore how to leverage the design collective. Show we have the Power to design and the Responsibility to do just that. See 2021 videos

📣 The Global Week to #Act4SDGs!!

15-25 September 2023

Join in to send a message of hope, possibilities, and action through unity. Let’s show world leaders that people all around the world are taking action on the SDGs — and that they expect them to do the same. The time to act is now!

SRD Charity AGM 20th Nov 2023  Online & Live 6pm AEDT Monday 20th November  at Church Point, NSW & via Zoom:  (email srd @ srd [dot] org [dot] au for the Home address) Members will soon receive Minutes of great progress this year and the start of plans for more. Look for your email & Proxy Form or send your request for more details. Join us to attend from other regions and states via Zoom. Assist our next Journal Paper “Can we Reverse Climate Change by 2030?” (If not, when?) See references; Advance a truly ‘Responsible Living Economy’ & Responsible Design, Prevention over cure. Your input to improve is welcome.

SRD is officially recognised as a full charity. Well done everyone!
In early 2023, the recognition of progress over many years. An independent, membership based, volunteer run, Australian NotForProfit with members and connections in most states and territories has now become a registered ACNC charity. This will enable us to further grow the value of education, culture and benefits for Responsible Design thinking and practice. Thanks SRD members. This welcome news will give SRD further credibility and a better position to apply for grants, conduct events and pursue a wider range of projects. We’ve initiated & supported many so far. 2023 SRD Charity

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Stories of positive change, amazing design, breakthrough technologies, local and global initiatives and more across all forms of design …
Latest SRDnews Vivid Highlight : A New Normal 

27feb24 Billions can be saved. 2023 07dec23  02aug23 24may23 Australia’s newest charity, AGM2022, Help introduce the ‘Responsible Living Economy’
2022 04nov22 Developing the ‘Responsible Living Economy’ 15aug22 Au Election issue 29may22 SRD transitioning to Full Charity 01mar22   SRDnews Special #COP26 Edition
2021 01nov21 Growing Recovery 10apr21  

2020 Towards Recovery v6n4-2 19nov20  SRDnews v6n3_aug20
The Story of Plastic SRD Q&A panel Calls to Action v6n2 26apr20  SRDnews v6n1  06apr20  
2019 SRDnews v5n11 31dec19 SRDnews v5n10.1  30jul19 SRDnews v5n9 01may19 SRDnews v5n8 jan19

The Living Future Institute of Australia hosted the first National Biophilic Design Awards in 2023  The awards recognise achievements in Australian buildings, interiors, and communities, that demonstrate the principles and benefits of biophilic design. National winners will automatically be entered into the International Living Future Institute’s Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award in 2023.  National Biophilic Design Award Winners are now announced from built and occupied Australian projects. AWARD CATEGORIES: INTERIOR AND RENOVATION : BUILDING SCALE PROJECTS : COMMUNITY AND URBAN SCALE PROJECTS :   For inspiration, see the published Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award case studies.

Webinar. Introducing the Project Drawdown Roadmap: Accelerating Action to Address the Climate Crisis. Highly recommended Climate Action webinar. Free. We’ve seen an earlier one and can confirm its high value. Solid research and science underpin clear graphics and the best directions to get the biggest carbon emission reductions while investing for results quickly. An early 5am AEDT start in Oz for this but well worth the effort. SRD shall monitor and report further… #ClimateAction #ClimateCrisis #ClimateFinance #ClimateAdaptation #ClimateEmergency #ResponsibleInvesting #ResponsibleLeadership #ResponsibleDesign
Tues 08Dec / Wed 09Dec check registration page for local times

SRD AGM 15Nov 2022  Online & Live 6pm AEDT Tuesday 15th November  at 80 Bay st Broadway, NSW & via Zoom:  Members will soon receive Minutes of great progress this year and the start of plans for more. Look for your email & Proxy Form or send your request for more details. Join us to attend from other regions and states via Zoom. 

 We enjoyed another PURPOSE Conference

SRD and friends attended the Purpose Conference 19-20 October 2022 at Carriageworks in Sydney, Au. A two-day immersive event for the purpose-driven business community. Since 2015, Purpose has explored, celebrated and amplified the growing momentum around ethical, regenerative and social impact business. In 2022, they continued with more world class speakers, boundary pushing ideas and life changing connections…    @purpose__conf  #ethicalbusiness #responsiblebusiness #consciousleadership #PurposeConference #Purpose2022 

FULL HOUSE !! Free Film Screening and Q+A at Narrabeen ‘Regenerating Australia’ + ‘A fistful of Rubbish’ both by talented Aussie filmmakers
The Society for Responsible Design and ACF Northern Beaches Community Group are excited to invite you to a free screening of two short documentaries – flyer   Join us for a drink and supper as we watch and discuss these two short films which explore Australia’s potential if we transition to a fairer, cleaner, more community focused economy and our relationship with natural environments. We’ll start the evening in Sydney with an introduction from ACF Northern Beaches and the SRD. After the screenings we’ll have a Q+A discussion about the issues raised. Thurs, 1 September 2022 : 6:30pm – 8:30pm RSVP essential: Please register using the form here

Being Responsible is Cool. 😎 🌻
SRD suggests to Look to encourage everything that’s Good for the Longer Term and discourage or even better, work to Stop those that are not.
The Transition to a Responsible Living Economy’ starts with you.

Join SRD: Membership Form nov21 pdf

Assist and support SRD to help progress:
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Russian Invasion of Ukraine   It is Black and White. This is a Putin created humanitarian disaster, with huge global and environmental consequences. In the face of this Russian Invasion, the worst thing we can do is nothing! Be outraged, but always stay safe. Be heard and do things that support and create positive change. Assist yourself to become more Responsible, your world needs you. (Repeat in Russian) Российское вторжение в Украину Это гуманитарная катастрофа, созданная Путиным, с огромными глобальными и экологическими последствиями. Перед лицом этого российского вторжения худшее, что мы можем сделать, это ничего не сделать! Возмущайтесь, но всегда оставайтесь в безопасности. Будьте услышаны и делайте то, что поддерживает и создает позитивные изменения. Помогите себе стать более ответственным, ваш мир нуждается в вас.  (24th February 2022) Please support Peace & Ukraine 🇺🇦

The Big Switch: Australia’s Electric Future – Saul Griffith. Essential reading. Insightful no-bull look at how to lead the world in Renewables if we respond to the best options. Climate change is a planetary emergency. We have to do something now and Australian visionary Saul Griffith has a plan. Saul lays out a detailed blueprint – optimistic but feasible – for fighting climate change while creating millions of new jobs and a healthier environment. He explains exactly what it takes to transform our infrastructure, grid and households. Paperback & eBook. (SRD knows several mentioned in the book, yet receive no monetary benefit from it). 23mar22 Recorded talk well worth a listen:

Explore an immersive virtual reality exhibition to discover international projects offering solutions to the climate crisis. Accessible globally from a laptop, tablet or mobile device, this exhibition invites everyone to learn about innovative and sustainable ideas for buildings, cities and infrastructure that are having a positive impact on people’s lives. Visit the Exhibition here  

The ‘COP26 Built Environment Virtual Pavilion shows global projects that offered replicable solutions to the climate crisis. These projects, along with a centrepiece installation, are on display Live in the Build Better Now exhibition. An international selection committee brought a worldview to the exhibition, advising of the sustainability standards in different countries and the challenges projects in different areas might face.

EARTHSHOT PRIZE 2021 WINNERS & FINALISTS. The first ever annual global search for the most innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet. Each of the five Winners receive £1million prize money and a global network of professional and technical support to scale these cutting-edge environmental solutions. Together this team includes incredible leaders, inspiring activists, brilliant innovators, a forward-thinking city and even an entire country making a real difference. All 15 of the Finalists receive tailored support to help scale their solutions and realise an even greater impact with their ground-breaking work.

#SDG ACTION ZONE2021 SEPT 22-24 Over the course of three days during the UN General Assembly, the SDG Action Zone brings together the highest levels of UN leadership, activists, government officials, business leaders, changemakers and disruptors in a virtual collaborative space – to highlight the ecosystem-wide solutions, plans, and investments needed to positively impact people’s lives and the future of our planet. #SDGACTIONZONE2021 & #FORPEOPLEFORPLANET Note: Session times are in EDT (UTC-5) 14hrs behind Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney AEST (UTC+10)

“A Fistful of Rubbish” Australian Premiere short doco and Q+A 

Join multi International Award winning Aussie filmmaker Dave Regos & your host Society for Responsible Design (SRD) for his inspirational short movie “A Fistful of Rubbish” viewing with Live Q+A discussion after. Join in the fun Live in Sydney. Get motivated and ask how he does it and we can all do it better with responsible thinking and action too.
Dave Regos films encourage new perspectives and individuals taking positive action. With this special event you get exclusive Australian Premiere access to watch this inspiring short film, meet some like-minded souls who are already active in many areas of industry and community. Then we talk after for a live discussion and more. See above “Postponed – New Date to be Advised”  “A Fistful of Rubbish” Preview  This will be worth the weight!

METROPOLIS Sustainability Next: “These guys are getting very close to Responsible Design” SRD ED

Sustainability Next: Articles on positive change, amazing design, breakthrough technologies and more

SDG Global Festival of Action program, March 25 – 26 2021

Join in at the virtual SDG Global Festival of Action where a community of thousands of inspiring individuals, changemakers, activists, UN and government representatives, private sector leaders, artists and creators will take the opportunity to share their vision on how we can #TurnItAround for people and planet. A really diverse and jam-packed program, spanning two days of action for the SDGs! 🗣️ 180+ speakers from 60 countries 💡 1 Main Stage 🇯🇵 1 Japan Stage 🤝 4 Interactive Spaces 👥 28 Workshops 🎥 20 Exhibits 🎵  & more! 25-26 March 2021
Still available to view, see links. The Story of Plastic GLOBAL PREMIERE screening + Live Q&A hosted by SRD 6-7pm AEST Sun. 26th April 2020 FREEWatch the Documentary, see the impacts of Plastic madness. Join the discussion and Help Stop Plastic Pollution forever. Attendees  received a link to stream the film from SRD, an event host in Australia. After viewing the (95 minute) screening, watch the SRD panel / discussion / Q&A]Special guests: 

Dr Robert Crocker, UniSA, accomplished author on Design, Consumerism, UnMaking Waste
Guest Facilitator, Matthew Wright-Simon, Ecocreative, SA  Featuring
Selena Griffith, Senior Design & Innovations Lecturer, Design & Art, UNSW
Cameron Little, GM Sydney Sustainability Centre, VP Sustainable Events, NSW
Greg Campbell, SRD Convenor, DesignOz studio, SDGs supporter, NSW

NOW. Find a time to watch the Story of Plastic here, then 
See the whole SRD Panel recording with many great insights :

Then, review the Story of Plastics, SRD Q&A panel Calls to Action (Oz version):

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A circular economy is a systemic approach to economic development designed to benefit businesses, society, and the environment.

 In contrast to the ‘take-make-waste’ linear model, a circular economy is regenerative by design and aims to gradually decouple growth from the consumption of finite resources. After defining what an economy actually is, this learning path explores the nuances of the concept of a circular economy, including the difference between biological and technical materials, the different opportunities that exist to keep materials and products in use, and the history of the idea. Finally, the benefits of shifting from a linear to a circular economy are highlighted. [add #ResponsibleDesign to perfect]

SRD Pro Active Top 25% is Growing. Encouraging and promoting those with credible work that are genuinely improving the future for us all. SRD Members and supporters may start advising or considering businesses and products in the top 25% of their industry that clearly demonstrate long term benefits for Life-on-Earth. Submit your suggestions to  Ideally, advise website, brief, connections you may have to them and why their inclusion is deserved. Regularly updated to grow into your best reference

Australian Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency
The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Globally, buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.
For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.  The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.  Spokesperson: Caroline Pidcock
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The value of design & planning for the SDGs

Responsible Design thinking and practice has significant capacity to assist with the big issues in the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Explore the goals and combine responsible design rethinking with powerful business management planning for maximum effect. Sustainia has many options to review with this in mind at their global opportunity explorer.

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Comprehensive FREE report : A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future

(or Ellen & Stella take on the High Fashion industry) Huge CO2 savings & environmental benefits if we: 1. Phase out substances of concern and microfibre release 2. Transform the way clothes are designed, sold, and used to break free from their increasingly disposable nature 3. Radically improve recycling by transforming clothing design, collection, and reprocessing 4. Make effective use of resources and move to renewable inputs. Great work and report from EMF

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Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Program is a huge step forward for Youth and Environmental Education

The Program launched to engage, connect and empower High school students to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016. With 17 schools representing all regions in Australia, this innovative extra curricular program, encourages senior high school students, to have a ‘voice’ in planning for their own future sustainable world. The results are insightful and comprehensive plans for sustainable development at local, regional and national levels.   2017 Program highlight ‘It’s our future Earth’ Canberra Conference, co-hosted by SRD, culminated in the presentation of the Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet to the Federal Minister for Science and the Education Minister at the National Science Week Launch, Parliament House in August.  LINK : Sky News – Interviews with high school student speakers, Science Minister and Senator Catryna Bilyk. Program results confirmed the capacity of Australian senior high school students, to show leadership in leveraging and rolling out all 17 UN SDGs at local and national level. The Sustainable Development Plan for Australia is free to view, no sign in required, 33MB for download. Podcast: Global policy in action:   2018 International Pilot completed in Mauritius (their plan) with 10 schools via their Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre & the first YPPP International Conference to create the first global youth plan. Stay abreast of developments and support the process with the YPPP LinkedIn group
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After 1st round-the-world solar flight,

the Solar Impulse Foundation is launching the second phase of its climate action agenda: the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions – that will federate actors (businesses, investors, associations and institutions) active in the field of sustainability and offer a variety of free services all its members, from matchmaking and technical expertise to opportunities for greater visibility, in order to create synergies and facilitate implementation of clean technologies.

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Cit­ies100 from Sustainia

confirms in­nov­at­ive and pro­gress­ive cli­mate ac­tion is well un­der­way in cit­ies around the world. 100 solu­tions from 61 cit­ies which show how local gov­ern­ments around the world are tak­ing significant steps and cre­at­ing valu­able co-be­ne­fits for their eco­nom­ies, com­munit­ies and cit­izens’ health./ Explore here.. : Global relevance

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Discover your place in biomimicry

and learn how to apply this knowledge to the design opportunities in your communities through the Biomimicry Global Network.

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Interactive Shipping Map

Shows the amazing extent of trade around the world and the variety of goods exported. Each ship and its contents would benefit from a healthy responsible design perspective. A great real time graphic  For developing solutions see…  and

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