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PD participatory design ppm parts per million PPP purchasing power parity PSS product service systems QoL quality of life SCP sustainable consumption and production SD sustainable development SMEs small and medium-sized enterprises T&L teaching and learning TBL triple bottom line TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol TOES Towards Other Economic Systems UCD user-centred design UNDP United Nations Development Programme WCED World Commission on Environment and Development WWF World Wide Fund for Nature xvi
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Acknowledgements I thank all the individuals and organizations with whom I’ve conversed and dialogued about design and sustainability over the last decade, as without them this book could not have emerged. In particular, I am very grateful to the designers and other professionals who generously gave permission to use images, illustrations and other materials, all of which help bring the topic of design activism to life. Thanks are also due to Guy Julier, Ann Thorpe, John Wood, Carolyn Strauss and my colleagues on the DEEDS project. Tamsine O’Riordan, formerly an editor at Earthscan, received my book concept with enthusiasm that was then supported by the sterling work of Hamish Ironside with Michael Fell and Claire Lamont. The Earthscan team co-designed the book cover and layouts with graphic designer Rob Watts (Rogue Four Design), to create an accessible work. I am grateful for the diligent proofreading by Christine James. I thank my wife, Dina, who encouraged and sustained me during the months required to bring this book to fruition. xvii
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Preface ‘The real JOY of design is to deliver fresh perspectives, improved well-being and an intuitive sense of balance with the wider world. The real SPIRIT of design elicits some higher meaning. The real POWER of design is that professionals and laypeople can co-design in amazingly creative ways. The real BEAUTY of design is its potential for secular, pluralistic expression. The real STRENGTH of design is this healthy variance of expression. The real RELEVANCE of design is its ability to be proactive. The real PASSION of design is in its philosophical, ethical and practical debate.’ Alastair Fuad-Luke 1 Design is a key agency in materializing, and designing, our lives. For, as many observers have noted, what is already designed exerts a huge influence over the design of our lives, and what comes next. Design converts nature’s capital and man’s (human and financial) capital into ‘man-made’ capital by giving it form, by embedding meaning (by vesting the form with symbolic capital), by defining societal values and, ultimately, by designing our perception of reality. Design contributes to the evolution of individual human capital and defines our collectively held social capital. Design is the medium through which these capitals are transformed into materialized and symbolic languages. For the past 250 years
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