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We have inherited a badly designed industrial system that has evolved into a severely ineffective and completely unsustainable reality for us all. Our current systems completely depend on a continuous and ever increasing assault of our environment and the total abuse of our natural resources. This stems from the fact that our systems were never truly designed, they were never taken through an appropriate process in order to establish basic requirements and creatively balance smart and responsible solutions for those requirements. Instead, our current systems are measured only on economical viability and therefore most industries have evolved into streamlined and highly efficient capital accumulating sub-systems. Our diverse cultures and our irreplaceable natural resources are our most unique and precious assets and yet, in general they are not factored into developmental equations.
If any of us were given the opportunity to write a brief for the development of our global industries, most of us would include similar basic requirements such as; clean air and water, natural foods and healthy products, diversity of species and cultures, fair and beneficial trade for all. Today, these things have become increasingly rare for the vast majority of people. Statistics and experts in broadly different fields are aligned on one converging point, for humanity to succeed beyond our current unsustainable state, we must wake up re-think and completely redesign our interaction with most of our systems... meaning our industries, our environment and by extension, our lives.
This is a good thing for most people especially designers like me but also for engineers, visionary executives, smart investors and innovative companies because the path to a sustainable future does not require a retreat back into the past and away from development or even a slowing down of our frenetic pace, on the contrary, it will demand ever more sophisticated technologies implemented in new and more innovative solutions in the forms of services products and new business models.
No one can pretend to have all the right answers or know exactly what is the most appropriate solution as a whole but if we could summarize the most basic requirements into one word, one word that should be embedded in every design brief, business document, contract or mission statement from here on out it should be a word that by definition enables the existence of a future, sustainability. Sustainability is not a specification or certification that we can all of a sudden start to comply with, it is an evolving process that requires dedication in order to enable discovery and proactiveness in order to take the time to share our experiences and learning’s in real time.
We are on a journey to navigate through a sea of green and often greenwashed information out there in search of real sustainable design innovations. Design that embraces the environment and our cultural diversity as a synergetic approach to development. Our goal must be to design, identify, adopt, mash-up and filter out the best examples and implementations and share them with as many people as possible in order to accelerate our collective learning. I employ every young soul (of any age) out there to participate, learn, teach, ask questions, pronounce your intentions, react to and build on others ideas. Let’s feel the pulse of change, let’s bring meaning and purpose to our ecological footprints. Let’s imagine a sustainable day.
Universidad Finis Terrae, Arquitectura & Diseño
Art Institute, Industrial Design Technology
Academy of Art University, Industrial Designer, BA
Senior Manager, Open Innovation at LEGO Group
Lead Industrial Designer, Microsoft Hardware Group
Innovation Design Lead, Eastman Kodak
Profesor of Design, Universidad Católica de Chile
Founder & Director, www.techolab.com
Founder & Director, www.chiloteshoes.com
- IDEA award, Industrial Designers Society of America 2011
- Core77 Notable, Design for Social Impact 2011
- NYIGF, (New York International Guift Fair) Eco-Choice Award 2011
- 5 US/International Design and Innovation Patents
- 6 Microsoft Design Patents for human-PC interaction.
- CES GOLD award "Most Innovative Gaming Product".
- First Place winner "Avonni" Innovation award 2010.
- Winner of "Most Innovative use of Material", 100% Design London.
- Architectural Digest Home Design Show winner "Most Promising New Product"
- First place winner "Casos de Innovación" Ministerio de Economia, Chile.
- First place winner "Premio Chile Diseño" QVID, for Chilote House Shoe.
- Winner, psfk.com "If you could design anything, what would it be and why".
- INDEX: Views Summit, Future Scenarios, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Hybrid Vehicle "Rebar", Blackhawk Automotive Museum, CA, USA
Microsoft, Kodak, Dell, HP, Nike, Chilean Government, Loreal, SAP, Arquitec
Awards received by Stiven Kerestegian
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