EcoMag will be a Pdf magazine about art, design & sustainability. EcoMag aims to foster whole systems thinking and help create an alternative cultural vision that can drive transformational change to meet the goals of a fully sustainable society.
Each issue will focus on a tool and a theme - as they relate to questions at the heart of our environmental crisis and pathways for change. The tool will be a design tool (i.e. a method, a set of practices, or a concept) that can be applied to any relevant theme. The theme (an issue, a sector, or a system) can be explored with any design or artistic method. We will also write a short article on each tool and theme under exploration.
Tool1: Scenario Planning
Scenario planning is a method for learning about the future by understanding the impact of important driving forces affecting our world. The scenario planning process involves thinking about the future by developing stories about varying future scenarios. The goal is to craft a number of diverging stories by extrapolating uncertain and heavily influencing driving forces. The process widens our perception of possible future events, builds useful dialogues about the future, and helps to develop a ‘prospective mind’. How can this tool be used to engage with the powerful driver of change that is climate change? EcoMag invites artists & designers to help us explore future scenarios.
How can design inform our understanding of macro-economics, the nature of money, the role of cheap energy as economic driver & the economic mechanisms that drive carbon intensive lifestyles and waste resources? How can we use the skills in design to respond to systemic economic challenges in building sustainability into our communities? EcoLabs will be holding a workshop on these ideas at the Local Economy Day in Brixton June 19th (see events), but you can participate whether you make the workshop or not.
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