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Beyond Net Zero: A Systemic Design Approach

Design Council (UK) have published their new Systemic Design Framework. It is the latest evolution of the double diamond. Developed to help designers solve complex challenges, like the climate crisis, and place people and planet at the heart of design.

Key elements of the Systemic Design Framework include:

  • Six principles for systemic design which can be used to help people to develop or adapt new design methods and tools from their own practice. The principles are: people and planet centred, zooming in and out, testing and growing ideas, inclusive and welcoming difference, collaborating and connecting, circular and regenerative.
  • Four key roles for designers to play when tackling systemic issues: system thinker, leader and storyteller, designer and maker, connector and convenor.
  • Types of design activities. These are: exploring, reframing, creating and catalysing.
  • The enabling activity that goes ‘around’ the design process, including orientation and vision setting, connections and relationships, leadership and storytelling, continuing the journey.

The Framework is published alongside our new research, Beyond Net Zero, which shows the potential of design to achieve real environmental change.

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