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Art Residency in Los Angles

Back in October 2019 I was invited by the Danish Art Foundation to apply for an art residency at 18th Street Art Center located in Santa Monica in Los Angeles. I was very excited by the invitation and applied, and have now been selected by the committee from the Art Center and will be going to LA for a three months residency in the fall of 2020. I’m proud and feel extremely privileged to be going to spend three months in LA working on my new project.

‘The time is now’ – is the working title of the project and it is about ‘things’. All the stuff we own and surround ourselves with and our relation with these things. One aim of the project is to create awareness about overconsumption, and to start the necessary transition of ‘our relationship’ with stuff. The time is now … for human needs to be fulfilled within our planetary boundaries. That is the challenge I bring to LA, and the background for this project.

I will meet and interview volunteer participants and ask them to choose xx objects that they find important to keep and bring into a future, where we will be living with the consequences of centuries of unchecked growth in industrial production. The time is now … for us to start to relate to the reality that lies ahead and start living according to the knowledge we have, and prepare for the future that is just around the corner! The heart of this project it to try to understand, what is keeping us from acting? – and perhaps to initiate change by touching upon and communicating about it as the subject of an exhibit at the Art Center.

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What, how – and who

When giving lectures and talks in educational and business environments on – how to transit to a greener business or circular economy with more sustainable production the slide above is often requested afterwards. The details of a green transition of cause varies according to main business and the value being created for the receivers. But on a theoretical level I find that there are three important perspectives to look for – and these three levels of approach recur in most cases. My advice is to be aware of the three levels, and also to be aware – on what level you are working.

I got the inspiration to define the three perspectives for designing for more sustainability and circular economy from reading work by Professor for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP, Europe Business School in Berlin Florian Lüdeke-Freund. His work on levels for Value Creation in companies pointed at the perspectives. After meeting Lüdeke-Freund I had the pleasure of being part of an expert board on business models and here contributing to work done at the Business School by Sarah Carroux ao. on – 45 patterns to support sustainable business model innovation.

In debates about climate change and the necessary actions of change we are facing, I often hear discussions about who should do what first. Here I often get to think of a Danish cartoonist, Anders Morgenthaler who participated in a debate where politicians intensely discussed, who should who do first. He interrupted and said: The kitchen is on fire and you discuss who should fetch water, WE MUST ALL GET WATER NOW.

I made the illustration above to communicate, – how I see the landscabe of action for us all to see – where we can contribute and participate, and not relay on others to do the necessary.

There are ‘top-down’ decisions that countries leading politicians must take to guide citizens in direction of change, along with new laws that need to be drafted, for us all to head for a future of common good. Vote for that change, vote for a new patch. At the same time there are the ‘bottom-up’ everyday choices for me and you and everybody else to take. Some argue that it feels like a drop in the ocean, but I think: what would the oceans be without all the drops? We, as consumers – hold the power to change by ‘voting with our wallet’ every time we buy something. Buy new-old things. Give longer life to the items you have and need in your life by repairing. Pass it on, if you don’t need it any longer. And in the end hand it in for reuse. By becoming a conscious consumer we all take part in this change, and by ‘voting with our wallet’ we choose who to support. We the consumers decide what companies and organisations should grow. That is the operating middel of the landscape. Companies are driving the ‘material’ transition and we consumers are pushing the scaling up by becoming conscious consumers – acting and buying with heads and hearts. Go for it.

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Design af systemer til ReCYCLING

National Cirkulær Økonomisk Hub har afholdt seminar om DESIGN for ReCYLCING hos Teknologisk Institut i Århus, som er blandt partnerne i projektet. Ved denne lejlighed var jeg inviteret til at introducere begrebet, pege på værktøj og beskrive vejen fra inspiration til implementering. Med en case om Ocean Plastic, søgte jeg at understrege at design af systemer er af store vigtighed, særligt der hvor udviklingen er netop nu. Vi skal op i helikopteren og undersøge dét eller de systemer vores service /produkt er en del af. Hvem indgår vi i værdikæde med, hvem modtager vi arbejdet fra og hvem giver vi arbejde videre til? Hvilke systemer er denne værdkæde en  del af?  Blandt organisationer som arbejder med at beskrive og udfolde denne sammenhæng er bl.a. The Natural Step og her særligt deres Future-Fit Business Benchmark.Som et led i dagens program blev der afholdt workshop i de fire indsatsområder: Bygge & Anlæg, Plast & Emballage, Landbrug & Fødevarer, – og på workshoppen for Tøj, Tekstil & Træ (foto) diskuterede vi særligt vigtigheden af, – at de tekstiler der sendes ud til forbrugerne er giftfri. Det giver god mening på alle måder og ikke mindst, hvis man påtænker at designe til recirkulation, hvor tekstilerne genbruges og genanvendes. For hvem gider genbruge giftholdige produkter?  Compliance house introducerede et on-line værktøj, Safer Textiles som de har udviklet, som et led i Nordisk Ministerråds målsætning – om en renere nordisk mode industri. Safer Textiles hjælper dig til at få overblik over tilladt kemi i forskellige tekstiler. Vi hørte også om den danske virksomhed Neutral, som siden 2008 har fremstillet tøj med respekt for mennesker og planet. De er drevet af engagement og fokus på handling og løbende forbedringer og benytter internationale standarder for bæredygtighed, for at kommunikere at de arbejder med bæredygtighed i hele forsyningskæden. De mener det er helt naturligt – og egentlig bare en ‘Okay’ måde at drive forretning på.

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Seminar DESIGN for ReCYCLING

Innovationsnetværket: Lifestyle & Design Cluster er i perioden 2017-18 operatør for et spændende projekt: National Cirkulær Økonomi HUB. CØ-hub er et tværfagligt samarbejde med det formål at bidrage til at øge ressourceeffektivitet og lukke materiale-kredsløbet gennem fremdrift og udvikling af cirkulær økonomi i Danmark. Arbejdet er strategisk delt op i følgende indsatsområder: Tøj, Tekstil & Træ – Bygge & Anlæg – Plast & Emballage – Landbrug & Fødevarer. Der er bred deltagelse af meget forskellige innovationsnetværk: InnoBYG, Dansk Materiale Netværk, Food Network, Inbiom, Innovationsnetværk for Miljøteknologi samt Lifestyle & Design Cluster. Teknologisk Institut, DHI og DAKOFA deltager ydermere som partnere i projektets styregruppe og der rækkes ud til virksomheder, forskerer og samarbejdes således på tværs af fagligheder og brancher.

D. 4.4. 2018 afholder CØ-hub et åbent seminar i Århus hvor DESIGN for ReCYCLING er på dagsordnen. Her sættes fokus på hvordan design spiller en afgørende rolle i udformning af kommende løsninger til cirkulær økonomi. Fordi mange væsentlige beslutninger træffes tidligt i udvikling af en ny løsninger, hvis de skal målrettes til et langt liv i lukkede loops indenfor rammen af cirkulær økonomi. Her skal tages højde for optimal performance, materiale genanvendelse, minimal miljø impact og nye forretningsmodeller. System Design og herunder mapping af værdikæder, nye partnerskaber og samarbejder på tværs af traditionelle fag- og branchegrænser er en afgørende forudsætning for at lykkes med implementering af cirkulær økonomi, og derfor blandt de spændende emner på seminaret i Århus.

Seminaret henvender sig til alle, der ønsker at blive klogere på cirkulær økonomi og indgå i netværk med andre på området. Du kan melde dig til  DESIGN for ReCYCLING her.

Dagens program kan se her. Design-For-Recycling_28.03.2018

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