Ideas of Responsible Design are many & interrelated

Innovation, Concepts & Ideas of Responsible Design

What, how, where, why, when, who

In its simplest form, it is to “create less harm“. In its complete form it’s a well considered combination of leading ideas in innovation, best global responsible practice, technology, knowledge and history that we call all follow. What combination of long-lasting, low-embodied energy, natural, non-polluting, non-toxic, recyclable, innovative, circular economy, bio-mimicry or made local can be best adapted to your designs OR design purchases.

Responsible Design is the greatest challenge in all we create. To understand from the knowledge of what’s feasible, appropriate, possible, marketable and real to achieve an optimal result is what all society needs as business as usual is not ok. These explanations and examples help to show things and ideas to admire, enjoy, use, critique and continuously improve. This is the challenge and you’re invited to review, participate & contribute.

C40 Knowledge Hub. We’re seeing new urgency and new momentum for climate action. This year is a “make or break moment” for climate change, in the words of UN Secretary-General. As well as the critical need to build back better, cleaner and fairer from the pandemic there’s also an opportunity to bring employment, health and quality of life benefits by investing in a green and just recovery. Cities’ ambition, innovation and practical experience in delivering positive action is growing. Help ensure climate action now and share the Knowledge Hub guides.

Project Drawdown. The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions. Mission to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible. Follow this through to the framework and then view or start your own action on solutions at

Global Education is one important component of Responsible Design. A major project SRD continues to assist is Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet program designed to educate and give voice to the worlds youth by leveraging the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with powerful business management planning techniques to prioritise important issues we need to address. See the website  (pic 1)

WikipediaCircular Economy encompasses more than the production and consumption of goods and services, including a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and the role of diversity as a characteristic of resilient and productive systems. It includes discussion of the role of money and finance as part of the wider debate, some call for a revamp of economic performance measurement tools[3] See Circular Design Guide and publications/circular-by-design EMF CE pages (pic 2)

Sustainia embodies many great ideas, some like their Global Opportunity Explorer are similar to the SRD Change 8-year series, but on a global scale. Considered development of ‘earth and people positive enterprise’ is key to sustainability. Making this all mainstream is a priority for SRD too as well as encouraging … Biomimicry, Permaculture, Education, Responsible practice across ALL fields, the 6 R’s, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Redesign, Regenerate and innovation that supports all these ideals. (pic 3)

Responsible Design thinking and practice has significant capacity to assist with the big issues in the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), combine responsible design rethinking with powerful business management planning for maximum effect. See Plan for the Planet website to follow and support the program. Every good idea out there can be developed and included in Responsible Design. (pic 4)

Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet present to Canberra
What is the Circular Economy?
Sustainia, many great ideas
UN Sustainable Development Goals

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