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Design for Sustainability

NEW ONLINE COURSE

DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY how to be intentional about creating appropriate solutions for thriving futures on Earth

Do you want to be part of the solution to the sustainability challenge? – Learn how you can use sustainability science and its principles in your praxis to design impactful and lasting solutions fit for a thriving future for human kind.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Every part of human civilization is designed. To the point where we have become dependent on our designs for our very existence and now the future of the global human community literally depends on how we design solutions that can bring us out of the sustainability crisis.

Sustainability is about building the adaptive capacity of society in ways that strengthens the resilience and expands the creative potential of our communities and our organizations. This is important for us so that we together can develop the solutions that enable civilization to thrive on this planet, for generations to come. On an operational level, this comes down to respecting specific scientific sustainability principles when planning, designing, producing, evaluating, using and ending the life of products, services, policies or structures of organizations or society at large.

As it turns out there are only 8 ways for any system to be unsustainable. To find out what these 8      principles are and how to work with them effectively, join our short online course where you will take part in three interactive sessions.

You will be equipped with the most relevant frameworks and models from the field of sustainability science. This will enable you to design and innovate practices, services, products and systems that promote social sustainability. You will have the chance to meet and work together with passionate and aspiring sustainability practitioners. Furthermore, you will be applying key frameworks to your own personal praxis and your own organizational reality.

STRUCTURE

SESSION 1 – Understanding the Sustainability Challenge & the Principles of Sustainability:

During a three-hour online session, we will provide you with various frameworks that can help you understand and apply the science of sustainability. In group dialogues, you will then proceed to practice using these frameworks to analyze your cases through these particular lenses. The goal is to become familiar with the overall language around sustainability and open up the perspectives for potential applications of the selected frameworks in your work life. Finally, you will be tasked with an assignment for Action Learning Period A – it will be around one particular framework that you must apply to a case of your choosing that is real and related to your work (or life).

ACTION LEARNING PERIOD A – Testing the Principles in Praxis:

During a two-week period, you will commit to the assignment of applying the key frameworks from Session 1 in your working life and take note of its effects and the challenges and possibilities you discover during your attempts to integrate these frameworks in your personal praxis and/or organizational work. The goal is that you become familiar with the appropriate use of the frameworks and identify some of the improvement potentials that are associated with the successful integration of these frameworks in your praxis and in the operations of your organizations. It is also a goal that the frameworks may serve as a reflective prism through which you can see your own practice and your organization in new lights. You will also be provided with relevant readings for this period that will support and enhance your learning.

SESSION 2 – Learning from our Praxis and a Deeper Dive into Design Tactics for Sustainability:

What have we learned from testing the frameworks in our work during learning period A? – For three-hours online, we will share our experiences and help each other extract and formulate essential insights that we can take away for future improvements to our personal praxis and organizational work. We will then proceed to unfold the broad field of Design for Sustainability (D4S) as we dive deeper into the various tactics and approaches associated with this discipline. The goal is to both broaden and deepen your understanding of the connections between design thinking, science and sustainable development. Throughout you will be introduced to relevant frameworks – particularly one central framework will be highlighted from start to finish as a scaffold that can help connect the various approaches and theories. Finally, you will be tasked with an assignment for Action Learning Period B – it will be based on the aforementioned framework that you must apply to your chosen relevant case.

 

ACTION LEARNING PERIOD B – Testing the Design Frameworks and Criteria in Praxis:

During a two-week period, you will commit to the assignment of applying the key frameworks from Session 1 and 2 in your working life and take note of its effects and the challenges and possibilities you discover during your attempts to integrate these frameworks in your personal praxis and/or organizational work. The goal is that you become familiar with the appropriate use of the frameworks and identify some of the improvement potentials that are associated with the successful integration of these frameworks in your praxis and in the operations of your organizations. It is also a goal that the frameworks may serve as a reflective prism through which you can see your own practice and your organization in new lights. You will also be provided with relevant readings for this period that will support and enhance your learning.

 

 

SESSION 3 – Learning From Our Praxis and Tying It All Together through a Meta-Perspective on The Systemic Connections Between Science, Economics, Design and Sustainable Development:

What have we learned from testing the frameworks in our work during learning period B? – For three-hours online, we will share our experiences and help each other extract and formulate essential insights that we can take away for future improvements to our personal praxis and organizational work. We will then proceed to dive deeper into systemic thinking, systems theory and systems innovation to ultimately explore systemic design as a meta-design discipline that can offer an empowering position from which to the convergence of crises in our time. The goal is to achieve a coherent understanding of design for sustainability and its connection to the meta-crisis we find ourselves in, of which COVID-19 is but the most recent symptom of weak and risky systemic designs at a global scale.

IS THIS FOR ME?

Join this course, if you are aspiring to design better solutions and be a sustainability champion through your work. Whether you are a leader, service or product designer, project manager, organizational development consultant or responsible for driving sustainable development this course will help you level up both your design skills and sustainability literacy for the 21st century.

 

This course will expand your conception of design and so it is also relevant for professionals who do not immediately consider themselves designers, but who take part in constructing elements of the future – such as individuals involved in R&D, planning, learning processes or decision making. This course will also expand your conception of what sustainability is and so it is also relevant for professionals who do not currently identify as a sustainability practitioner in their job title, but whom aspire to intentionally incorporate sustainability competencies in their work or become a sustainability champion or simply contribute to more sustainability through their work (by design).

LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Explore various frameworks for understanding the link between design thinking, systems theory, science and socio-ecological sustainability – specifically you will become familiar with the evidence-based Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, known from The Natural Step.
    • Reflect in groups around perspectives on the present moment in history in relation to sustainability in general – you will have the chance to meet and work with passionate, likeminded people.
    • Apply socio-ecological sustainability frameworks to your personal practice/case – you will have the chance to methodically recalibrate your perception of and thinking around the systems, processes and products you engage with.
    • Extract learning and insights that are crucial to strengthen our designs and systems for the future – you will contribute to the co-creation of context specific as well as general learning through an action-learning approach.

APROACH

The unique KAOSPILOT methodology and pedagogical approach is built around a rigorous training platform that dynamically combines theory, practice and reflection into a blended learning journey. You will be applying tools and theory, which you will be learning through practical exercises and application. Our approach enables you to acquire different mindsets for you to apply in your work, including experimentation, exploration, rigorous crafting and taking initiative.

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DATES & TIME:

Session 1

November  12th – 14:00 – 17:00 on Zoom (link will be provided after sign up)

Session 2

November 26th – 14:00 – 17:00 on Zoom (link will be provided after sign up)

Session 3

December 10th – 14:00 – 17:00 on Zoom (link will be provided after sign up)

PRICE:

EUR 460,- ex vat.

(EUR 600,- incl vat)

SIGN UP HERE

FACILITATOR:

Mikkel Pilgaard Madsen

mikkel@consult-pilgaard.com

Mikkel has 10+ years experience working with consulting, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Mikkel is a Kaospilot Alumni from Team18 and also holds an MSc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Today he works independently as a strategic advisor, leadership coach and organizational consultant focused on projects, products and partnerships related to sustainable development.