Living Climate Change for IDEO

Climate change explored through design thinking

On the eve of the United Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, the Living Climate Change initiative aimed to expand the dialogue beyond policy and national sacrifice to point toward new possibilities, moving the debate away from what we have to give up and toward what we can create. Living Climate Change was a hosted conversation and website where the future was explored through design thinking.

Living Climate Change was born from the conviction that design has a role to play in addressing the big challenges we face in business and society. As design thinkers, IDEO aspired to shape the conversation by asking good questions and bringing them to life by exploring possible solutions in an optimistic and real-world way.

Climate change is, of course, one of the world’s big challenges. Countries are discussing the implications of moving toward reducing carbon emissions by as much as 80 percent by 2050. Living Climate Change asks design thinkers to imagine what life will be like in twenty or thirty years as we move along the path toward reduced carbon emissions, whether or not the goals are reached. Which behaviors will change and which will be preserved? Living Climate Change showed, discussed, and shared the most compelling and provocative thoughts and ideas.

View all of the video concepts from Living Climate Change here.

Project date: 2009