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Designing with Nature: Systems design for the well-being of the Earth community

Shiva, Vandana (2020) Designing with Nature: Systems design for the well-being of the Earth community. In: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium., 9-17 Oct 2020, Ahmedabad, India.

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Abstract

Design, like every other discipline over the last few centuries, has been limited by colonialism and anthropocentrism – the assumption that colonising cultures are superior to the colonised, and humans are superior to other species.

The Earth, a living, complex, self-regulating system, was reduced to dead matter and fossil energy to be mined and extracted, and the waste created through non-ecological design thrown back into the land, the oceans, the atmosphere.

We are living through the existential crisis created by this mindlessness – pandemics, species extinction, climate catastrophes, hunger and destruction of livelihoods. Humans are ecological beings, we are part of nature, not separate from her. Systems design is based on our awareness of her diversity and her self organised complexity, from the molecular to the ecosystem and planetary level. Designing in accordance with her flows and patterns, her cycles of regeneration, her ecological laws allow us to provide for our needs for food, clothing, shelter, energy, and community without compromising the well-being of the planet, her diverse species, other humans, and future generations.

Ecological systems design is co-creation with the Earth for the well-being of all.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Keynote)
Uncontrolled Keywords: SOCIOECOLOGICAL DESIGN
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2022 19:55
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2022 19:55
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3587

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