Transform Magazine: Design Council launches Design for Planet Fellowship – 2021


Leading advocates of the UK design community, Design Council, have announced the launch of the Design for Planet Fellowship, which will bring together nine experts working on sustainability and regenerative design.

Fellows have been selected from a range of different disciplines and will spend seven months prototyping new ways of working, gaining knowledge and creating recommendations to inform climate action. The main goal of the fellow is to highlight the important role that design plays in connecting people from all disciplines and communities. They will explore themes such as designing adaptive and resilient places and conserving and restoring natural resources and systems.

“A multitude of designers are already creating new technologies, new partnerships and new ways of working with communities to address the climate and biodiversity emergency. However, many climate actions still tend to take place in silos. We want to break down these barriers through the Design for Planet Fellowship and celebrate the role that design can play in bringing disciplines and sectors together to create new opportunities for change, ”said Bernard Hay, Head of Design at the Design Council .

The Design Council will publish the results and recommendations of the sessions with the fellows monthly and publish a global report in September 2022. This aims to weave the ideas of the workshops and provide practical advice to those working in climate action and design. UK.

“Thanks to their [the fellow’s] work, we can encourage people to go faster, more courageously and more ambitiously than if they were working alone. The climate and biodiversity emergency requires us to act urgently. Learning from each other is a crucial way to start doing it, ”adds Hay.

The Design for Planet scholarship is part of the Design Council’s ‘Design for Planet’, a new approach to galvanize and support the UK design community to tackle the climate crisis. The scholarship program is funded by the National Lottery Community Trust, the largest funder of community activities in the UK, and supported by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).