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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.

 You can help SRD to further develop processes to grow sustainability. Special limited Christmas offer, SRD now donates a gift to homeless women for each 5 completed surveys. (min. 1 to max. of 4 gifts for each State / Country, total max. 25) Input will be valued & suggest future directions for the Society for Responsible Design.  for all SRD friends & past Members. A real Win-Win-Win offer. Details: ( For current SRD Members )

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. 

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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 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:

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 

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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

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.

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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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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.

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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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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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