Q&A with Alan AtKisson: “Sustainable design is crucial to nearly every aspect of the SDG vision”

Designers have a special, challenging job, but it’s going to keep them busy for a long time: rethinking virtually everything in the world, and redesigning it for sustainability. As the President and CEO of AtKisson Group, an international sustainability consulting network, Alan lives and breathes sustainable development and transformative change. When he isn’t consulting governments, companies, global NGOs and the United …

Q&A with Kristin Støren Wigum: “Designers need to ask more questions”

If you want to work more sustainably, more ethically, you need to argue for it.  Kristin Støren Wigum is an industrial designer and researcher with a Ph.D. in Product and System Design for Sustainability. She’s also the owner of Gaia Trondheim—a small firm that’s part of a collective of eco-architects called Gaia Architetcs.  In her work, Kristin lets design-thinking mingle …

Q&A with Nils Faarlund, Legendary Eco-philosopher and Master of Friluftsliv

“The inherent value of free nature must be embodied in any design process, accompanied by respect for human rights.” In 1966, Nils Faarlund made the dramatic decision to walk away from his engineering career to become a mountain guide and dedicate himself fully to nature. Today, his contributions are the stuff of legends. A relentless champion of Friluftsliv (literally translated …

3 Sustainability Lessons from Forward-Thinkers in Design

Forward-thinking isn’t just a necessary ingredient in creating positive change, it’s also the name of a powerful meet up hosted by DOGA, Design and Architecture Norway every year that brings designers, industry leaders and sustainability visionaries together for a day of inspiration, forward talking and dialogue around increasing the role of sustainability in design, strategy and customer experiences. According to DOGA, “design …

Q&A with InfoDesignLab: Designing Understanding to Spark Action and Change

  Angela Morelli and Tom Gabriel Johansen are award-winning information designers and the founders of InfoDesignLab—an organization whose goal is to empower professionals, designers, scientists, and journalists to turn complex information into meaningful narratives, beautiful visions, and understandable messages. As friends of the Oslo Manifesto, Angela and Tom were happy to do a Q&A with us. Here we talk about what …

A Chat with David Berman: Inclusive Design, Quantifying Sustainability, and Doing Good

We’re proud to call David Berman a Friend of the Manifesto. With over 30 years of experience working with inclusive design, he strongly believes that we can include everyone, without tradeoffs. David’s work as an author (Do Good Design), expert speaker, and strategist has taken him to over 50 countries. He is a high-level advisor to the United Nations on accessible web design thinking, an International Advisor …

Oslo Manifesto Launches Today at Framtanker!

One year ago today, the Oslo Manifesto was just an idea. Now it gets real. Today, the design community will once again come together in Oslo for the Framtanker (Forward Thinking) conference to put design and sustainability on the agenda, and look forward towards ways that we can turn those ideals into responsible and profitable business (more about the event here). Today is also the day that …

Why Oslo Manifesto? The Founding Story.

It all started in Oslo on November 17, 2015, at the Framtanker conference hosted by The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA). The room was full of design students, sustainability leaders, and fashion visionaries from around the world. The discussion was about the critical role that design, architecture, and city planning play in the creation of a sustainable world. How can we …