The TUFF Climate Change Project

A briefing document for our team of masters students and invited experts

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"Politicians Discussing Climate Change" - an artwork by Isaac Cordal


To find effective ways and/or responses / strategies / solutions to stop and/or reduce / mitigate / adapt to / cope with climate change and/or global warming / ecocide by (re-)inventing methodologies and/or practices / habits / assumptions that inspire and/or orchestrate / guide / lead to / inform others and/or trend shapers / steerers / elucidators to act and/or become more active / do something wisely and/or effectively / appropriately / helpfully and promptly and/or thoughtfully / respectfully / rewardingly.

Anette Julia Ayako

Re-designing How Conferences Work - academic conferences are excellent at producing discussions and publications. We aim to re-design them to deliver actions that may to lead to practical and beneficial changes.
  1. We aim to use selected metadesign methods to make this a practical approach.
  2. One way to understand complex systems is by using methods of systems thinking

What Do we Mean by 'Practical'?

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  1. Our evaluative workshops (e.g. on 8th and 9th November 2018 will culminate in ideas that will be shared with:
  2. We will run a high profile conference designed to CREATE CHANGE (possibly in 2019)
    • see insights to interventions by Leyla Acaroglu)
    • In order to ensure this takes place we will choose a large team for experts who can represent the main 'action' groups.
    • (we need to improve this list in order to reflect on what really works best).
    • At present they consist of four 'hands-on' teams and one 'consultancy' team.
  3. All 'hands-on' team members will be invited to attend the workshops as active participants.
    • Members of the advisory team may not be invited to attend as active workshop participants.

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Specific Processes Teams of participants will use some of our metadesign methods including bisociation in pairs using a Creative Quartets approach.

Who Are We?

  1. Our group currently consists of metadesign researchers, design academics and students
  2. Most of us are, or have been, associated with The Department of Design at Goldsmiths University of London.
  3. We aim to work with a diverse group consisting of an optimum number of climate change experts, scientists or engineers.
  4. This will entail conducting seminars and workshops in other universities and institutions.
  5. The work we are doing is semi-formal and independent of the customary academic funding paths.
  6. The opinions we express are our own, and may not reflect the policies and/or views of any university.
  7. We were asked to initiate this work by a small international charity (TUFF) a non-denominational organisation.
  8. We decided to apply some of our metadesign methods to this challenge.
  9. Climate Change is not a straightforward problem that would be solved by a single/simple techno-miracle.
  10. The habits exacerbating climate change are highly complex situations that resist change (see climate change denial).
  11. We need to understand it as a whole, interconnected system consisting of interdependent parts.
  12. It is a paradigm consisting of a set of conditions, structures, habits, assumptions, beliefs that co-sustain one another.
  13. We are unlikely to reform it using technological, or other, discrete 'fixes' that address some part/s of the system.
  14. Ultimately, our task is to reform the current paradigm .

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Can Design Thinking Help?

  1. For designers, the apparent opposition between theory and practice has been unhelpful for many decades.
  2. This confusion reflects the fact that today's academic disciplines owe more to the mediaeval monastic traditions of truth-seeking, than to the hands-on approaches of the early Crafts Guilds. (Schön, 1985)
  3. Crudely speaking, whereas the scientific disciplines validate themselves by evidencing 'truth claims', designers are judged by:
    • whether their products and system work
    • whether other people find them appealing, or desirable