A Proposal to Connect all Design for the Common Good

Systems Thinking is “the way”

Illustration was commissioned for this article. It was created by Veronica Pham.
Figure 1. Connecting design for the common good with Systems Thinking
  1. Map out the design problem,
  2. Brainstorm outcomes, and
  3. Evaluate each possible outcome.
Illustration was commissioned for this article. It was created by Veronica Pham.
Illustration was commissioned for this article. It was created by Veronica Pham.
Illustration was commissioned for this article. It was created by Veronica Pham.
Illustration was commissioned for this article. It was created by Veronica Pham.
  • Renourish our planet (reparations for nature)
  • Renourish our souls with a beautiful object or service
  • Create reciprocity (a gift that creates an ongoing relationship)
  • Create with, not for — inclusivity
  • Have a purpose, not just profit (improve quality of life)
  • Advocacy for marginalized voices (reparations for others)
Photo by Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash
Figure 2 The 26 Life’s Principles as shared through creative commons license by B3.8
  1. Map out the design problem,
  2. Brainstorm outcomes, and
  3. Evaluate each possible outcome

Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Co-founder of Re-nourish and Fresh Press Agri-Fiber Paper Lab.

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