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Stories of Responsible Design

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 and re-development.

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SRD Pro Active Top 25% aims to assist promoting those with credible work that may improve the future for us all. Members may start advising or considering businesses and products in the top 25% of their industry that clearly demonstrate benefits for Life-on-Earth. Use both positive and negative filters to help define businesses and products for possible inclusion. Products such as those for green walls/roofs are a good possible candidate but will need some justification for performance, best practice, etc. Good examples may earn a free listing. The intent is to leverage 30 years of independent, positive direction in these areas.  

The concept was created and developed by Greg Campbell DesignOz over many years and shall be live online reference (coming soon). Feel free to submit your suggestions to srd [at]  (please advise website, 100 word brief, your connection to them and why the pro active 25% is deserved for any consideration) The final decision to include rests with the creator / SRD executive and SRD membership

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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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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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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. Several amazing runners up projects feature here as well. Great examples of positive change in action.

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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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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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Tokyo 2020 Game Medals to Be Produced Using Urban Mine

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games recently announced the launch of a citizen-participatory project “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project–Making medals using urban mines”. It aims to make medals for the 2020 Games using gold, silver and copper metals recycled from discarded electronic devices, including mobile phones and small household appliances. Story from JfS, Japan for Sustainability (good example of rethinking materials – ed)

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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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