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Out life-centred business commitments

Out life-centred business commitments

lifecentred.design commits to evolve itself as a business entity to be less harmful and more regenerative

Using my privilege and value to regenerate and heal, I use my products, business, and channels to foster the transition of modern design to be more sustainable, regenerative, and socially just by considering all peoples, all animals, and all planet.

I aim to achieve this goal through these Commitments:

1. Reducing waste

2. Regenerating trees

3. Reducing energy

4. Nurturing diversity

5. Transparency

6. Open-source

7. Supporting greater change

In support of the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG #4 Quality Education
SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities
SDG #13 Climate Action
SDG #15 Life on land
SDG #12 Responsible consumption and production

Commitment Details

  1. Reducing waste—Utilising self-publishing print-on-demand service to reduce waste and Providing in-book instructions on how to keep the book maintained, repaired, and circular to reduce waste
  2. Regenerating resources—Making donations of printed books to onetreeplanted.org↗ to give back
  3. Reducing energy consumption—Committing to improving the sustainability of our website to reduce energy consumption
  4. Fostering the pluriverse—Referencing the indigenous history of related sustainable/systems thinking to reduce marginalisation and foster the pluriverse
  5. Fostering open-source—Providing free information and tools and exercises with a license to remix and reshare
  6. Transparency of actions—I hold Myself accountable by publishing these commitments and updates for anyone to access
  7. Supporting greater change—Supporting efforts that fight for greater change

Actions on ongoing commitments

In partnership with futurescouting.com.au↗, lifecentred.design donates from sales of printed books to onetreeplanted.org↗ to replenish the trees cut down to make paper.

Certificate for planting 20 trees

12/06/23 – Payment to onetreeplanted.org↗
(US$20/AUD$30)

Certificate for planting 20 trees

15/11/22 – Payment to onetreeplanted.org↗
(US$20/AUD$30)

Certificate for planting 13 trees in Mexico

14/09/22 – Payment to onetreeplanted.org↗
(US$13/AUD$20)

Certificate for planting 47 trees

12/06/23 – Payment to onetreeplanted.org↗
(US$47/AUD$73)

Website sustainability redesign, May 2023

May ’23 – Site Redesign

The Life-centred Design Guide and related information originally lived on futurescouting.com.au ↗ where it shared content with my other design book Future Scouting and all its related futuring content. Over time, the two practices became too big to share a site so I finally split them up.

This site was the resulting new, stand-alone site for life-centre design with average page loads 3X faster and a higher accessibility rating.

Screenshots of old versions of the website with annotations about improvements to reduce carbon emissions

Oct ’22 – Sustainable Web Improvements

Using sustainable web guidelines, I made the following improvements to my home page, one of the highest traffic pages:

  • Converted main PNG Logo (93KB/56KB) to an SVG (26KB)
  • Reduced various image sizes
  • Reduced use of a custom font to only headers
  • Replaced light backgrounds with darker colours
  • Removed a ‘subscribe’ plugin, swapping it for a button linking to another page where the plugin already existed

These changes resulted in an estimated:

  • Reduction of carbon generated per visit from 403kg/yr to 20kg/yr
  • 1 second increase in page load speed

Getting there with small steps!

Screenshots of old versions of the website with annotations about improvements to reduce carbon emissions

Nov ’22 – Sustainable Digital Improvements

Using sustainable web guidelines, I made the following improvements to my home page:

  • Implemented and tested an information carousel, then removed it due to lack of engagement and energy impact
  • Identified and merged repetitive links/content
  • Replaced images displayed by external URLs with self-hosted optimised and cached images

I also made the following improvements to my entire site:

  • Switched to green hosting
  • Improved caching
  • Automatic file optimisation
  • Lazy loading

These changes resulted in an estimated:

  • A reduction of up to 2/3 less carbon generated per visit per page
  • A reduction of up to 2/3 less energy used to load per page
A receipt from Greenpeace for a $65 donation, supporting the fight for climate justice.

Sep ’23 – $65 donation to Green Peace to support legal action for climate justice

Climate change is a threat to us all. But right now, Pacific communities are being hit hardest by the impact of the growing climate disaster – paying heavily for our fossil fuel addiction despite contributing the least to it.

Governments of big polluting countries are stalling, but we need action now. The Pacific is leading the fight for climate justice, taking government responsibility for climate change to the world’s highest court, the International Court of Justice.

Greenpeace is working to document evidence of the impact of climate change on communities, amplify the voices of those most urgently impacted, and build an undeniable case for climate justice.

You can support, too↗.

Take the lead

Life-centred design aligns designers and businesses with global goals, and gives them the skills to respond to today’s wicked problems in practical and measurable ways.

#2 Amazon Best Seller in Engineering Design, Dec ’22

“The ideas really resonated with me as I’ve felt this growing unease with human centred design’s echo chamber”

“Super helpful tools for designers… I’ll be sharing them with the students.”

“An amazing book about the topic.”

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Damien Lutz, author of The Non-human Persona Guide, The Life-centred Design Guide, and Future Scouting

We replenish what we use

A percentage of profits from design guides by Damien Lutz are donated to onetreeplanted.org to replace the trees used to create the books

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Lifecentred.design aims to be low carbon, inclusive, and regenerative

This site's hosting is green

Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

Page CO2 emissions
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Sustainable web strategies are used to reduce page load emissions. Current industry standard is 0.5g/page view—all lifecentred.design pages are under

Page accessibility rating
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Pages are designed for accessible use and rated out of 100

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Lifecentred.design aims to be low carbon, inclusive, and regenerative

This site's hosting is green

Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

Page CO2 emissions
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Sustainable web strategies are used to reduce page load emissions. Current industry standard is 0.5g/page view—all lifecentred.design pages are under

Page accessibility rating
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Pages are designed for accessible use and rated out of 100

More about my commitments | Suggest an improvement

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Lifecentred.design aims to be low carbon, inclusive, and regenerative

This site's hosting is green

Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

Page CO2 emissions
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Sustainable web strategies are used to reduce page load emissions. Current industry standard is 0.5g/page view—all lifecentred.design pages are under

Page accessibility rating
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Pages are designed for accessible use and rated out of 100

More about my commitments | Suggest an improvement

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Lifecentred.design aims to be low carbon, inclusive, and regenerative

This site's hosting is green

Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

Page CO2 emissions
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Sustainable web strategies are used to reduce page load emissions. Current industry standard is 0.5g/page view—all lifecentred.design pages are under

Page accessibility rating
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Pages are designed for accessible use and rated out of 100

More about my commitments | Suggest an improvement

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