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Value platforms as compass in system oriented design for sustainability

Wigum, Kristin Støren (2015) Value platforms as compass in system oriented design for sustainability. In: Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD4) 2015 Symposium, 1-3 Sep 2015, Banff, Canada.


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System Oriented Design is a natural approach in Design for Sustainability. Products must be designed and evaluated in a longer time-lap, as well as in a wider perspective of human needs, desires, culture, and material life cycles (and more). Hence, the choices of non-material values are also critical, although not seldom a neglected factor. On the one hand, during the last five years the society in general has become stronger aware of the challenges humanity is facing in ecological care and social development. Public economic support has been increased for environmental profiled projects. On the other hand, solutions asked for and suggested by the businesses, researchers and government are not always convincing. Are we actually able to design for change within the same value-frame as before? A researcher and pioneer within Industrial Ecology, John Ehrenfeld, pinpoints that a new care-structure within design and development also is critical for us to succeed (Ehrenfeld, 2008). What does this actually mean? This article describes how two projects include design of a value platform as guideline for co-design with all stakeholders. A bottom up and research related approach is necessary for strong individual and organisational ownership to the success criteria and challenges.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 15:07
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 18:16
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2045

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