Our mission

(January 2011)


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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