Changing the world with the power of design

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“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”

We believe designers have a great role in future changes on the other side of the portal. They can make a product to last forever — “If you want something to last, make it as lovable as a Labrador” wrote playful architect Lance Hosey in his The Shape of Green. They also influence a product environmental impact by choosing the materials and designing the product itself — “over 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is decided upon at the design stage”. And they can influence behaviors and habits in numerous ways.

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