designLIVE: Projects to Change the World

designLIVE: Projects to Change the World

Key Info: 
  • Rare opportunity to study with an award-winning architect and ecological designers
  • Gain new insights,techniques and tools for your own projects
  • Explore social, political and economic systems

With Ezio Manzini, John Thackara, Lisa Enzenhofer and Roberto Fraquelli

£ 1 500.00
Course fees include simple,yet private accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals. Fee also includes any field trips, materials as well as all teaching sessions.
If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237.

Design has played a pivotal role in shaping our the world but its potential for ecological and social transformation has not yet been fully realised. Working with designers on the cutting edge of social and ecological change, this short course will give you the design tools to respond effectively to the most challenging issues of our times.

Together you will explore social, political and economic systems, how they shape us and are shaped by us, and how you might begin to transform these systems through ecologically restorative design practices. You will explore how designers and facilitators can bring people together to co-create community through the design of ‘life projects’, using tools, methodologies, processes and practices that you can take back to your community or organisation.

Pioneer of design for sustainability and founder of the influential global DESIS network, the award-winning designer Ezio Manzini, author of Design, When Everyone Designs, and his new book Politics of the Everyday (Designing in Dark Times), will work with you to explore how you can work with others to cultivate bigger ‘fields of action’ increasing your potential for positive impact.

Drawing on a lifetime of exploring the world for solutions that work, John Thackara will explore with you how to identify, find inspiration, and scale out, the future that is already with us.

Award-winning architect and ecological designer Lisa Marie Enzenhofer will explain how to approach the design of your projects with curiosity and openness; how to enabling your community to become a space of creative conversation and opportunity.

In addition there will also be an opporutnity to got on A Deep-time Walk with Schumacher Ecologist Stephan Harding.  This is designed to help you imagine longer time scales, and bring an embodied understanding of the ecosystem in which we live to your work and your life.

The course will be supported by Roberto Fraquelli, programme co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer on Schumacher College’s MA in Ecological Design Thinking.

This course is for everyone who wants to develop their personal and professional practice through the co-creation of projects that have the power to transform life on earth; to enable us allto thrive within planetary limits.  It is for anyone interested in approaches to change that are effective, collaborative and joyful.

It will be of interest to you if:

You are a professional designer or architect looking to transform your practice and play a meaningful role in social and ecological change.

You don’t have a background in design, but would like to use tools and techniques of design thinking to develop and shape transformative projects in communities. 

You work for, or run, a social enterprise and are looking for tools and approaches that can increase the impact of your work, and transform your organisation.

*The Booking Deadline gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we confirm the course, add additional time for people to book on or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.

With Ezio Manzini, John Thackara, Lisa Enzenhofer and Roberto Fraquelli

Ezio Manzini

Ezio Manzini is a pioneer in the field of design for social innovation. Ezio founded the influential DESIS Network in 2009, now a global network of over 40 design labs supporting ‘social innovation towards sustainability’ based in design schools and design-oriented universities that are actively involved in promoting and supporting social change. Ezio is Distinguished Professor of Design for Social Innovation at Elisava-Design School, Barcelona; Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano; and Guest Professor at Tongji University (Shanghai) and Jiangnan University (Wuxi). His book “Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation” (MIT Press 2015) has been translated into 7 languages and his newest book Politics of the Everyday: Design for Dark Times is published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2019

John Thackara

John Thackara

John Thackara is an author, advisor and public speaker. He curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years – first in Amsterdam, later across India – and is a Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art in London. John writes about living examples of what a sustainable future could be like with a special focus on social and ecological design. His most recent book, How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing tomorrow’s world today, draws on a lifetime of travel in search of real-world alternatives that work, describing how communities the world over are creating a replacement, leave-things-better economy from the ground up.

Lisa Maria Enzenhofer

Lisa Maria Enzenhofer

Lisa Maria Enzenhofer is an artistic researcher, architect and lecturer. In 2015 she co-founded to visualise and support ecosystems and is a member of Breathe Earth Collective, a think and do-tank using design to campaign for clean air. Lisa is actively involved in developing new ways of linking ecology, landscape and architecture through research and transdisciplinary practice. Recent projects include the Airship series, which is an ongoing inventory to combat urban heat islands and clean air, as well as the Urban Future Bar, a participatory installation helping people shape the future of the city. In 2018 her studio merged with Green4Cities in Vienna, which is a unique competence centre for urban Green Infrastructure and Nature based Solutions in Europe and their effects on urban microclimate and human well-being with a strong focus on providing healthy city climates for everybody.

Roberto Fraquelli

Roberto Fraquelli

Roberto is our Ecological Design Thinking convener at Schumacher College. He is interested in Holistic Design and the dilemma many designers face between the pressures of economic growth and an empathy with all living systems. His current research focuses on 4 interrelated themes: ecological design thinking, deep empathic design, systems design thinking and contemplative inquiry. With over 20 years of professional practice, mostly working with IDEO Global Design company, Roberto has designed products, environments and experiences for clients across Europe, America, India and the Far East. He holds a number of international design awards and patents - and his work has been featured in Domus, Business Week, Design Week, The Observer, and NewDesign magazine. Roberto studied Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

A place can not be guaranteed unless we receive your deposit or payment on your chosen course. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please do this before making your course application.

Short Course Bursaries create an opportunity for an individual to experience the powerful transformative learning by joining a course that assists the participant to inspire their wider community and benefits from the participant’s own unique contribution. It is our hope that our bursaries support a wide cross section of participation on our short course programme. The number of bursaries available is limited, competition is strong and funding is not always available for every short course. Please be aware that most bursaries are in the region of 10% – 20% of the course fee so please be prepared to raise funding from other sources.  A bursary award is not intended to cover travel or incidental expenses.

Applications are viewed on a case-by-case basis and we are unable to enter into discussions on any decisions. We generally have many more applications for bursaries than we have funding available. We can only offer one bursary per person per year and priority is given to those who have not attended the college or received a bursary before. To help us support as many people as possible, please only apply if you would be unable to attend the course without a bursary.

How to apply for a bursary

Six weeks before the course is due to start all bursary applications will be considered and responded to.  If successful you will be required to accept our Bursary Terms and Conditions.

Please answer the following:

  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
  2. How will your attendance on this course benefit the wider community?
  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

Please be prepared to supply an appropriate reference in support of your application.