Faculty Focus: A new book by Taryn Mead

Looking for a quick and easy read on biomimicry and the potential of bioinspired innovation more broadly?  A recent addition to the Sustainable Design faculty, Taryn Mead, PhD, is excited to introduce her new book  “Bioinspiration In Business And Management: Innovating For Sustainability” now available through Business Expert Press. This introduction to bioinspired design is


Faculty Focus: Director Receives International Teaching Award

I am honored to have recently received a prestigious teaching award. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Award competition is part of the annual European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE) that was held at the Novancia Business School in Paris, France in late September 2017. I was nominated -along with 30 others from 13


The Pulse of Fashion

I had the immense pleasure of visiting the most bike-friendly city to attend the Copenhagen Fashion Summit this year which is a day devoted to learning and sharing about how global leaders in the fashion industry are trying to move the needle on environmental and social sustainability issues. Circular economy There was a big focus


Katerva Award: SHE28 Wins!

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of serving as a judge on the Impact Panel for the Katerva Award, dubbed by Reuters as “The Nobel Prize for Sustainability.” I’m delighted to announce that Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE28) is the 2017 Grand Prize winner for the 2017 Katerva Awards. Congratulations, SHE28! SHE28 is a wonderful example


Faculty Focus: New FREE Sustainability Toolkit

Cindy Gilbert, director of the MA in sustainable design program, discusses her new sustainability toolkit, the growing field of “green jobs,” and an easy way for everyone to use sustainable thinking in their everyday lives. In a nutshell, what is the Sustainability Toolkit you created? The toolkit is a brief introduction to sustainable design concepts


C2C Product Design Challenge Champs

Article originally published on January 16, 2017 on Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute “With a rapidly growing population and finite resources, now more than ever, it is necessary for designers and engineers to design for the circular economy, creating a future where we can live well and within the limits of our planet,” said


5 Awesome Design Tweaks that Help the Planet

This humorous take on biomimicry was originally written and published by Grist on September 15, 2016. Sustainable designers are like do-gooder secret agents. Infiltrating fields as varied as architecture, fashion, product design, healthcare, and transportation, sustainable designers dream up creations that are good news for humankind and the environment. They “maximize the quality of the


Faculty Focus: VentureWell Spotlight

Post originally published on the VentureWell blog on July 5, 2016. I had the honor to be interviewed by VentureWell recently. Now you can learn more about MCAD’s relationship with VentureWell through this bit of shameless self-promotion. There are many entrepreneurship educators within the VentureWell network that are creating a positive impact in the innovation


The Power of Design

Do you listen to the TED Radio Hour on NPR? It is a great podcast. In a recent episode –The Power of Design– was dedicated to a few fascinating aspects of design from past TED speakers and renowned designers and design thinkers. Design is all around us, but much of it could be better, bolder,


How Can Sustainable Design Drive Innovation?

How does sustainable design drive innovation in your own practice? A new self-paced online course may help you find answers. The course, Sustainable Design Methods for Product Innovation, is being offered as part of a UC Berkeley research project on the subject. It will introduce students to four sustainable design methods: Whole System Mapping, Biomimicry,

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