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Designing radical shifts in and for planetary health

The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic forces us to confront the importance of understanding and responding to global ecologies of health. My health depends on your health, which depends on networks, systems, and webs of planetary health. Attending to health means fundamentally rethinking where (our) health comes from. The importance of considering global health and human health as intersecting is increasingly pressing, and “achieving planetary health will require a renaissance in how we define our place in the world” (Myers, 2017, p. 2867). However, these intersecting health entanglements are vast and complex. These networks or webs include elements that are difficult (if even possible) to be seen or measured in conventional empirical or rational terms.

How might systemic design practices engage with ecological reparation (Papadopoulos, et al., 2022) together with global health reparation, rather than reinforce individual wellness models? In what ways can systemic design modes and models simultaneously ethically engage within the bodily, social, and political histories of the contexts that they exist within? To what extent does this perspective extend or challenge the existing focus on health and well-being within systemic design?

Radical shifts in planetary health

Falling in Love with Complex Systems

Falling in Love with Complex Systems

RSD11 Keynote. Dr Mathilda Tham asks, “What if fear of systems and complexity were a significant barrier to urgent change? What if we didn’t save our planet because it was just all too embarrassing?”

On the Contradictions of Sustainability

On the Contradictions of Sustainability

RSD11 Keynote: Dr Danah Abdulla explores the contradictions of sustainability and considers how we can design over time and confront the effects of the products and services we think we need have on the world (and the worlds within that world).

Seeing RSD11’s Seven Foci Relationally

Seeing RSD11’s Seven Foci Relationally

RSD11 Keynote. Dr Tony Fry is a Tasmanian-based award-winning designer, cultural theorist, educator and writer. For this talk, his context: seeing the event’s seven foci relationally.

Special thanks

Thanks to those who have proposed and developed the focuses: Gareth Owen Lloyd, Christopher Daniel, Dulmini Perera, Sally Sutherland, Ben Sweeting, James Tooze, Jeffrey P. Turko, and Josina Vink.

Indicative references

Myers, S. S. (2017). Planetary health: Protecting human health on a rapidly changing planet. The Lancet. 390(10114), 2860-2868. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(17)32846-5

Papadopoulos D., Puig de la Bellacasa, M., & Tacchetti, M., (Eds.). (2022). Ecological reparation: Repair, remediation and resurgence in social and environmental conflict. Bristol University Press.

Shiva, V. (2020). Designing with Nature: Systems design for the well-being of the Earth community. Proceedings of the Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium. https://rsdsymposium.org/vandana-shiva/

Posted April 2022