Think Circular

Every year, as we all fawn over the newest, shiniest toy, last year’s model is left deserted.  Do consumers every really stop to think about what becomes of last year’s junk once they’ve purchased this year’s treasure? What becomes of last year’s iPhone, or the dishwasher you just replaced? Designing for a circular economy creates an awareness around these kinds of questions, and looks to implement innovative solutions to decrease our ecological footprint and plan for the future.

IDEO continues to amaze with their endless stream of innovative ideas and design thinking processes.

Designing a Circular Economy

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What if we had a new way to design products, services and businesses that were good for people, the planet, and business?

A circular economy is a better economy.

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Being conscious of our consumption – and the waste associated –  is a step in the right direction toward achieving a more circular economy.

Ideo Says The Future Of Design Is Circular

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When Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam replaced its lighting, it didn’t pay for the bulbs. Instead, the airport pays for light as a service-and Philips, which designed the system, is responsible for recycling or reusing anything that breaks. It’s an example of the growth of circular design.

If we were all to think a little more circular, our home would be a much healthier place.

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Social Innovation Is the Future

Human-centred design is the way of the future. With so much information at our fingertips, how can we use our growing knowledge to implement lasting, meaningful change? Designing for social innovation will help move us toward brainstorming innovative solutions to solve pressing social issues.

IDEO continues to take the world by storm with its brilliance in human-centred design.

Design Kit

Design Kit is IDEO.org’s platform to learn human-centered design, a creative approach to solving the world’s most difficult problems.

How might we engage in human-centred design to redefine Canada’s homeless shelters?

This Building Is Redefining What A Homeless Shelter Means | Co.Design

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From the outside, Eva’s Phoenix-a new teen homeless shelter in downtown Toronto’s Fashion District-looks like a classic Art Deco brick warehouse. But inside, it’s organized like its own city, complete with a main street, townhouses, common “squares,” and more.

Human-centred design has the capacity to save lives.

This On-Demand Taxi Service Is Saving Expectant Mothers’ Lives In Tanzania

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In northern Tanzania, where distances between villages are vast, and less than a dozen ambulances service about 2 million people, being pregnant can be a death sentence. High-risk expectant mothers regularly fail to get medical attention because they can’t get to a hospital in time.

Being conscious of your surroundings and the people around you will open your eyes to potential possibilities for social innovation. People don’t always know what they want; innovators are the ones who are tasked with finding that out.

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

– Henry Ford