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Humble Designing: A Future Perspective on the Role of Design in Design for Sustainability
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7806-8150
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2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 18th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production: Towards a Greener Challenge & Evolution in the Framework of the Circular Economy / [ed] Konstantinos Aravossis, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Design has the potential for addressing societal challenges including sustainability by highlighting certain societal issues or even changing existing structures of consumption. One of the primary concerns of design for sustainability (DfS) has been to bring about behavior change towards supporting more sustainable lifestyles. There are a number of potential problems however with this intention of DfS. Behavior change is highly normative, and potentially problematic to address, since there is no obvious agency of designing for norm setting in sustainability. As a reaction towards these concerns, we have been exploring an alternative perspective on DfS by challenging existing power structures and norm setting occurring among the various roles and relations between actors in design processes. We frame this perspective as humble designing to indicate an important yet modest role for design. In order to take this exploration further, we held two workshops with design practitioners and researchers working with DfS in the fields of interaction design, engineering, social sciences and anthropology. In this paper we reflect upon these two workshops in order to understand whether humble designing as an alternative perspective on DfS has potential to contribute in steering away from normative goal-setting so to diversify design for sustainability. The results indicated that there is a need for setting appropriate moments for applying humbleness in a design approach, but also that there is potential for moderating power structures within design processes in order to address normative intentions.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
design for sustainability, humble designing, sustainable consumption, societal challenges, norm setting
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Design
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sustainability; consumer behavior
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141576OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-141576DiVA, id: diva2:1155530
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ERSCP 2017, 18th European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production, 1–5 October 2017, Skiathos Island, Greece
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Humble designingAvailable from: 2017-11-08 Created: 2017-11-08 Last updated: 2018-08-22Bibliographically approved

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