Our mission

See also the Metadesign Research Centre

Big Aspirations

  1. To create a framework for design practice that fosters greater wisdom.
  2. To address primary human needs (e.g. food, shelter, mobility) in a joined-up way.
  3. To find design methods that encourage a more ecological society.
  4. To find new ways to increase biological diversity.
  5. To find new ways to hinder entropy at the urban metabolic level.
  6. To work towards some form of creative democracy.
  7. To inspire and cultivate a 'diversity-of-diversities' within relevant organizations.
  8. To transform the 'diversity-of-diversities' into a global 'synergy-of-synergies'.
  9. To incorporate economic thinking and entrepreneurship as a normal part of the (meta)design task.


Realistic aims

  1. To develop useful ideas and theories that befit our declared aspirations and roles.
  2. To share knowledge and experience of metadesign with Network members, and others.
  3. To develop, evaluate and trial metadesign practices.
  4. To transform these ideas and theories into useful practices of metadesign.
  5. To facilitate effective and extensive collaboration on an Open Source basis.
  6. To co-create practical outcomes for the above tasks with collaborators around the world.

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A metadesign workshop in London, April, 2010

Achievable objectives

  1. To achieve global acceptance of metadesign as a viable discipline and profession.
  2. To achieve global recognition for metadesign as a valuable new field of practice.
  3. To manage a global communications network and support structure for achieving this.
  4. To promote a culture of share-alike under a Creative Commons license.
  5. To support the launch of new metadesign groups and centres, where required.
  6. To share good practices that integrate many types of design in a 'metadesign' field.
  7. To offer our methods and services to governments and appropriate NGOs, companies, etc.


  • Metadesign may require the bringing together of things that seem incongruous or incompatible.
    • e.g. permaculture, humour, micro-economics, ‘restorative justice’


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