Sustainable Designer Group (What is Available? (Open IDEO - Toronto…
Sustainable Designer Group
The Sustainability Laboratory was established in 2008 by Dr. Michael Ben-Eli in order to help address urgent sustainability issues facing the planet.
To guide its activities, The Lab has developed its own unique, action-oriented conceptual framework, which takes a holistic perspective and features cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
The Lab engages in research, development, and education activities focused on key sustainability-related issues. Our growing portfolio of projects demonstrate cutting edge, model strategies for addressing sustainability challenges on a local, regional, and planetary scale.
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY FELLOWS
THE SUSTAINABILITY PRIZE
Located in NYC / Costa Rica Univeristy
Design Exchange's top-notch educators host free design workshops at community centres located in Toronto's priority neighbourhoods.
Design Exchange's workshops provide children and youth with the opportunity to consider design within the context of their everyday lives. Urban planning workshops, for instance, ask children to re-imagine Toronto into their dream city.
Through our Community Outreach Program, we seek to empower children and youth to be innovative and think creatively about their local and international communities.
We believe community is key to designing impact. Around the world, we come together locally and identify opportunities to take action.
OpenIDEO Chapters connect creative problem solvers in cities across the globe to design local solutions for our world's biggest challenges.
Every Challenge works a little differently. Across Challenges, we draw from the process of design thinking to lead us towards innovation. This typically happens over the course of a few different Phases. We’ll guide you through every step along the way:
Spark New Insights
Start with a big, activating question that brings people together. Share stories or research to build inspiration and empathy for those affected by the issue.
Think Big, Build Fast
Brainstorm bold new ideas and apply fresh insights to advance existing concepts. Test things out: get the tools to build a quick prototype and learn what works.
Reflect and Refine
Share comments to help uncover issues and new opportunities. Use expert feedback, community support, and design tools to rapidly improve ideas.
Make it Happen
Elevate and celebrate ideas with great potential for impact. Connect with partners and work together to bring ideas to life around the globe.
Circular Design Challenge
How might we get products to people without generating plastic waste?
Get Started: Open Challenges
Got ideas, insights or just a perspective? Share them. Together with a global community, you can help design change.
Our mission is to ensure climate change and its impacts are understood, accepted and acted upon across the breadth of society, creating a truly sustainable future.
How to Collaborate
Advice and Training
We deliver customised workshops, presentations and webinars
We partner with academic teams to study this field's most central questions
We help reach new audiences to build broad societal support
Key audiences we are currently helping to engage include:
One of the things that makes us unique as an organisation is our expertise in engaging new and often hard-to-reach audiences. We've worked right across the social and political spectrum on this issue - we know that facts and figures aren't enough for most people and that it's vital to have conversations that resonate with people's values.
We specialize in helping new audiences find their climate voice. For too long climate change has been seen as the preserve of 'environmentalists' but there is no fundamental reason why this should be the case.
Most decision makers, policy advocates and educators have a very different understanding of climate change than that of generations who have grown up with this issue. Our young voices work includes practical sessions for educators and young people based on initial research and understanding of how best to discuss climate change.
We create resources that are designed to inform your work
We put on public events that spark climate conversations
What is Missing?
Youth Designer Accelerator Program
Low Key Competition Challenge to engage with SDG's
Design Focus Innovative for Youth/ Think Thank
Fellowship strictly for Emerging Artists and Designers
Challenge / Grant
Competition Award / Trophy to stimulate curiousity
What is Available?
Open IDEO - Toronto Chapter Challenge
Semi Annual Occurance
Targets Local Expertise
We believe to solve today’s complex problems, there need to be better ways to come together, share ideas, and coordinate action around the globe.
We built an open innovation model because it allows us to do just that: help people worldwide break barriers, find support, and iterate on the ideas of many to create real change.
Tackles Climate Change
Collaborating is available
Widen engagement through Youth
Provides Educational Programs
Design Focused Workshops
engages research, development and educations on key sustainability issues.
Perform conceptual framework featuring cross-sector and disciplinary collaoratation
Unfortunately it has closed down, but able to use connection and resources from their organization
Fellowship Program/ Design Think Tank Camp
High School Portfolio Bootcamp
Founded and led one of the first innovation firms in Canada, focusing on design-led approaches to innovation to drive social impact in charitable organizations, philanthropic bodies, and government. Designed and led large scale participatory processes to engage citizens and communities in high-level decision making and design efforts in the built environment. The firm is known for its deep commitment to engaging citizens in the co-design of large scale capital projects in priority neighbourhoods across the Canada.
Out of Business
Provided community Design Think Tank Challenges
Founder - OCADu
GREEN NEIGHBOURS NETWORK
is a grassroots community network of people and groups working to make Toronto greener, healthier, and more sustainable.
To deepen the value and impact of Network membership by –
helping our member groups develop the skills for effective civic engagement
incubating and mentoring new groups
sharing ideas, information and resources among member groups
To build a rich web of working alliances with advocacy groups in areas like environment, health, transit, housing and social justice wherever their aims may converge with our own. This entails –
engaging in active outreach to such groups to build relationships and identify points of common interest
working with these groups to launch joint campaigns with well-defined goals merging environmental, economic and social benefits.
No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment
We are No.9– a non-profit using art and design to bring awareness to environmental and community concerns. Through educational school programming, we focus on youth – the generation of the future. We work with students to inspire and encourage creative thinking around city planning, environmental issues and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
AGRICULTURE & FOOD SECURITY
PUBLIC ART AND DESIGN
GREEN BUILDING DESIGN
Imagining My Sustainable Community – Digital
Our program is essentially a four day workshop. We generally partner with school boards of certain private schools to take over a Grade 7 or 8 class for a week. Students are tasked with 're-imagining' their community after learning about some basic principles of architecture and sustainability. They then create a model of their community with each student taking on a project.
Empowers students between the ages of 12-15 with an interest in design, art, architecture and sustainability to re-imagine the future of Toronto’s waterfront neighbourhood