What is our human future? and what can we do to make our future brighter? As an individual, we all longing for a successful life in the near future and it is a universal truth, while then how about as human beings? have you thought about future life for the whole human beings? If you have not, then you should start to think now and join this movement of designing for yours and our future as a human.
Nature&environment is the essential substance for us to breath, live and survive, and yet our human has done vicious damage to our only one nature, the damage that cannot recover in a short time, the damage that is constantly evolving and no widely accepted solutions, the damage that will harm ourself eventually in return. The good news is that there are some activists and environmental scientists have initiated the environmental sustainability movement to promote an environment-friendly approach, especially in the business and NGO areas.
Nature and environment is a big topic, and as complex as any systems. To better understand all of the forces in the system-including people, social norms, trends, institutions, laws, politics and natural resources itself, you need a system thinking or system practice first. The most important thing is for any kind of business, embrace the system thinking, start with listening actively to your beneficiaries and gain insights from. To further this approach, we need to analyze the factors that enable and inhabit environmental sustainability development, and what are the causes and what results those factors have lead to? A thorough understanding and analysis are needed for this part, within those factors, identify the loop in between, which they are intertwined and interacted. The loop could be vicious, virtuous and stabilizing, in order for you to find a leverage point where a modest intervention can create an outsized impact on the environment.
As guided by Acumen, a small action in one system can produce big changes in the end, and those small actions contain subsidies, taxes, incentives, punishment and constrain, where you could leverage the system to change. However, you should be careful when you apply any interventions, in case some may cause another problem which makes it even worse.
If your business does care about environmental sustainability, and we invoke more and more business to care, then there are some tips for you quoted by the ‘Circular Economy’. 1. If you have successfully implemented small actions to make your business environmentally-friendly, then you could rent or lease access to your solutions, instead of selling it as a product, this is a way to maximize your impact on the business and the environment as well; 2. When you design a product, try to extend the product’s life to reduce the waste and make the most use of your product; 3. Choose inputs that are recyclable or biodegradable or use waste materials to design your product; 4. Close the loop. We all familiar with the ‘take-make-dispose’ pattern of resource consumption, which causes uncountable waste around the world, while your business should break the loop and apply the ‘take-back’ pattern; 5. Think locally to reduce the waste associated with transportation, start from finding your materials locally and making your product closer to your customers.
Our future was poorly designed, and it needs a redesign from you and us, not only for ourselves but also for our next generations and the beautiful nature. And yet business holds the power of change, and so does to social business. The environment has associated with so many aspects of our life, the breathing air, the drinking water, the burning energy and so on, so design for the environment is design for our future. This article was edited by the original author without their consent, and should not be reproduced.