Bonfire of the Literacies: Service Design for Higher Education

Service design for higher education (sort of)

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Make Sense, not Stuff: A Three Step Plan to Connect Design Schools with the Green Economy

The text of a talk about the green economy for Cumulus, the international network of design schools.

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What Should A University Do, And Be?

My talk at a symposium in Helsinki called “Beyond Tomorrow” about what the new Aalto University should do, and be.

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For sustainability champions: my book is now in Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese and Polish.

Rule one in book publishing (where I worked for ten years) is: promote your own book, because nobody else will do so with as much energy and commitment. So, sorry to be brash, but please note the following: Today I received printed copies from its publisher, SUN, of Plan B – the Dutch version of […]

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Have I cracked the the telepresence conundrum?

Last evening I particpated remotely from my home in France in a pre-event in Amsterdam of ElectroSmog International Festival for Sustainable Immobility. I didn’t use the fancy gadget in the photo above. My set-up yesterday was a bit, but not a lot, better-organized than the remote recording session (below) I did for a BBC radio […]

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Doors of Perception projects portfolio

Bulb-planting has started early at Doors HQ: – We’ve posted summary descriptions of the last ten years’ Doors of Perception projects – the idea being that we plan to do more projects like these ones, only better. – All City Eco Lab posts are now in one stack; [City Eco Lab never had its own […]

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19 reasons to be cheerful after Copenhagen (+1)

The outcome of Copenhagen is depressing if you only look at what happened at the official summit, and persist in the belief that those guys are “world leaders”. They are not: they are followers, guardians of a dying regime. So don’t look at them. Hundreds of thousand of groups are already busy, in countless ways, […]

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Designing an associative life

Government departments or ministries responsible for sustainability, or “the environment”, are too often constrained by small budgets and modest influence. Their very existence allows traditional departments – “industry”, “economic affairs”, “finance” or “transport” – to carry on their ecocidal ways as normal. A similar problem persists in business where Corporate Social Responsibility has long been […]

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Territorial development books

It has always been a point of pride at Doors of Perception events to curate the bookstore as carefully as we curate the speakers. We do this because when a conference theme cuts across disciplines – as ours do – no single bookseller is likely to know which are the best supporting titles on sustainability […]

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