Design in the Age of Climate Change

Nardi, Bonnie
She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation

How should we think about design in the face of the crises humanity faces? In my view, it would be favorable to turn design attentions to the political economy that underlies the problems and to post-growth politics, which offers a compelling counter-narrative to neoliberalism. Global problems are continually rehearsed in the scientific community and mass media, yet we behave as though they will be addressed in some other place or time, by someone else. Design is a potent mindset with potential for engaging the issues, and we should make vigorous efforts to take it where it is needed; the severity of our problems indicates that we can no longer afford to be apolitical or uninterested in politics.