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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.

#COP26 stories + SRDnews editions

Stories of positive change, amazing design, breakthrough technologies, local and global initiatives and more across all forms of design …
Latest SRDnews Special #COP26 Edition 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
2018 SRDnews AGM v5n7update oct18 SRDnews v5n6 sep18 SRDnews v5n5 apr18 SRDnews v5n4 feb18

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)

 You can help SRD to further develop processes to grow sustainability. Special limited offer, SRD now donates a useful gift to homeless women for each 4 completed surveys. (total max. 25) Input will be valued & suggest future directions for the Society for Responsible Design.  A real Win-Win-Win offer. For current PDF emailable version and for Word emailable version: email address is on the form.

“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) at Good Space Project theatre (in The Rocks, Sydney), for his inspirational short movie “A Fistful of Rubbish” viewing with Live Q+A discussion after. Join in the fun Live in Sydney or online from across Australia. 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. SRD has lined up a special screening of his film “A Fistful of Rubbish” with a Live Q+A panel event straight after with Dave himself speaking Live via an international Zoom link.
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 online for a live discussion of all Dave’s movies and more. Get your $10 – 20 – 35 tickets – to join us for the fun and we’ll see you at Live or online for “Postponed – New Date to be Advised” 2021 for the Australia wide discussion with Dave who is living/working on his next insightful projects in Spain these days. Plus expert input to the Q+A from consumerism & waste author, Dr Robert Crocker from UniSA. Online viewers get a secure Zoom link to join the viewing and Q+A “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

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

SRD AGM 2020 completed  Online & Live 6pm AEDT Monday 7th December at Church Point, NSW & via Zoom:  Members will soon receive Minutes of great progress this year and the start of plans for more. Some attended from other regions and states via Zoom. 

The City Futures Summit  8 Oct 2020 Lund University, Sweden
Building on the local and global networks of the IIIEE across science and society. 9pm-11pm AEDT Inspirational Webinar  Three speakers from Australia, Chile and Sweden and a panel discussion on sustainable urban transformation11:30pm 1hr AEDT Interactive Workshops: Join co-labs for critical and creative discussion on topics and themes from the webinar. Meet people from around the world, share ideas and insights, and find synergies for bold missions. A very successful event. Recorded links here

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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Tokyo 2021 announce cardboard beds for Athletes Village

Athletes competing at the Tokyo 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:

Olympic 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 2021 Games using gold, silver and copper metals recycled from discarded electronic devices, including mobile phones and small household appliances. Story: JfS, Japan for Sustainability 

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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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