New perspectives on social and organizational issues are urgently needed. While we explore the possible figurations of the new social landscape we meet people who are committed to work together to find answers to complex societal issues. Along with these creative thinkers and do-ers, we aim to discover new routes by executing programmes that focus on media & crafts, food & landscape and on redefining social design. Designing situations that allow for the shaping of new meanings and new connections; and the organisation of active participation is at the core of what we do.
Sustainist Design Guide
How sharing, localism, connectedness and proportionality
are creating a new agenda for social design
“In the era of ‘sustainism’ it is no longer a matter of designing for society, but within it,” say the authors of Sustainist Design Guide. Michiel Schwarz and Diana Krabbendam observe a wave of new social initiatives that is emerging locally and globally: millions of dedicated people are beginning to ‘design’ different kinds of living environments that are more collaborative, more socially just, and more sustainable. This movement, and how we can all become “social designers” is what the Sustainist Design Guide is all about.
This exploratory guide travels the new “landscape” of social design thinking and practice, viewed through the “lens” of “sustainism.” The Sustainist Design Guide is co-authored by Michiel Schwarz, who together with Joost Elffers co-created the widely-discussed Sustainism manifesto. It is the first to take the idea of sustainism as cultural driver into into the realm of design for social innovation.
The Sustainist Design Guide presents a new agenda for design, based on values such as sharing, connectedness, localism, and proportionality, as well as sustainability. It challenges us to transform these and other sustainist qualities into design criteria and include them in our design briefs. The guide maps out best practices and explores how designers can become more socially and ecologically responsible. It opens the debate on what it means to be “sustainist designers.”