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Designing for Change: SDGs + Re-Thinking the Status Quo

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Thursdays, Feb 28 - Mar 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PDM-2883 ( Class has Started )
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


The harmful mass of plastic and unrecycled material accumulated in our landfills and flowing into our waterways and oceans generates an unprecedented challenge to the design community. The consumption-based growth agenda, predicated on the "4 Mores" (sell more stuff to more people more often for more money) is no longer sustainable. Companies like Ford Automotive are no longer asking themselves, "What if we can’t sell enough cars?" They are asking "What if we keep selling so many cars?" No single strategy is sufficient to address the complexity of the problem. New business models that support an evolution from linear to circular to regenerative economy are critical to reaching the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this class, we will review the UN SDGs. We will then consider in what ways designers can start to challenge and rethink common assumptions currently in practice.

Applies to: PM-E

  • Name: Janel Twogood (Bio)