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Stories featuring #ResponsibleDesign
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.
Latest 2020+ SRDnews editions
latest SRDnews v6n3_aug20 https://bit.ly/BeyondCOVIDideas
SRDnews v6n1 06apr20 https://bit.ly/v6n1_COVIDsurvival
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
Then, review the Story of Plastics, SRD Q&A panel Calls to Action (Oz version): https://bit.ly/PlasticsSRDCallsToAction
Technology should be Responsible…
An independent organisation bringing together diverse perspectives to tackle the social harms caused by exploitative data practices. Responsible Technology Australia. responsibletechnology.org.au
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Ideally, advise website, brief, connections you may have to them and why their inclusion is deserved. Regularly updated to grow into your best reference srd.org.au/pro
Call for Papers
“Design contributions for the COVID-19 global emergency” http://revistas.unisinos.br/index.php/sdrj/pages/view/call TIMELINE *April 2020: Launch of call for papers *July 15th 2020: Full papers submission Author Guidelines *August 15th 2020: Notification *September 1st 2020: Final deadline *October 1st 2020: Publication
Tokyo 2021 announce cardboard beds for Athletes Village
Athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 (now 2021) Olympic and Paralympic Games will sleep on bed frames made from recyclable cardboard, with mattresses formed of polyethylene materials that will be reused for plastic products after the Games. Source ABC: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-10/tokyo-2020-olympic-games-cardboard-beds-athlete-village/11856758
Tokyo 2021 Game Medals Produced Using Urban Mine
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games launched a citizen-participatory project “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project–Making medals using urban mines”. It is making medals for the 2020 Games using gold, silver and copper metals recycled from discarded electronic devices, including mobile phones and small household appliances. Story: JfS, Japan for Sustainability
Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Program is a huge step forward for Youth and Environmental Education
SRD 2019 Annual General Meeting, Thurs. 28th Nov 7pm AEDT Live at Church Point, NSW & by Zoom: The AGM noted the first climate emergency declaration in Wales 29April19 & climate action marches of 4 million world wide. SRD 30th year includes SRD PRO active top 25% listing businesses and products defining current sustainability. 2019 Highlights include the success of our SRD change design Alumni 2004-2011; plus talks with Transition Towns, collaborations with Sustainabilty Centre, Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet & continuing with the o2 network of designers whose 30 year summary is now online for review.
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 https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications/a-new-textiles-economy-redesigning-fashions-future
BHUNGROO wins the final BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE + review 10 years of challenge winners.
An innovative combination of technology with local knowledge that results in multiple benefits for agricultural areas. Essentially its a system of water filtration, that injects and stores water from precipitation in the water table up to a depth of 300 meters in the subsoil. The project benefits for poor farmers in a multi-dimensional strategy that boosts crop yields and food security, raises rural incomes, improves soil fertility, combats the effects of climate change, and radically enhances the wellbeing and social status of women. challenge/2017_Winner Several amazing runners up projects feature plus the 10 year archive Many examples of positive change in action.
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.
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.
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
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 www.shipmap.org For developing solutions see… explorer.sustainia.me/solutions/hybrid-ships-reduce-emissions-at-sea and rmi.org/our-work/transportation/shipping-efficiency/