Design and Sustainable Development

Sustainable development involves ensuring human well-being and creating effective social and economic development – in balance with the Earth’s ecological systems. Ultimately it is about quality of life – for everyone – now and in the future.

Today most people agree that current global development is not sustainable since it would require at least three planets if everyone lived and consumed like the average Swede. Many of the systems created by mankind on Earth, such as production systems, transport systems and the culture of consumption, function and flourish today at the expense of the ecological systems rather than in being in balance with them.

So how can we reverse this unsustainable trend?

Unfortunately there is not one answer, no single quick fix but rather many individual solutions to which individuals, businesses and governments can contribute their share based on their own perspective. In order to develop solutions that do not deplete the Earth’s resources, we need models and tools where we integrate systems thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration in creative processes.

SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation | Visit: Söder Mälarstrand 29, 3 tr | Mail: Söder Mälarstrand 57, 118 25 Stockholm | info@svid.se I +46 (0)8 406 84 40

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SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation | Visit: Söder Mälarstrand 29, 3 tr | Mail: Söder Mälarstrand 57, 118 25 Stockholm | info@svid.se I +46 (0)8 406 84 40