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Life-centred design consulting, training, and presentations provided for teams, businesses, and schools, to start evolving their products, services, and businesses to be more sustainable, regenerative, and kinder to the planet

Life-centred Design Talks, Training, and Consulting

Talks & lectures

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Guest lecturer for Royal College of Art & Design For Good Academy

Global workshop | November, 2023

I was honoured to be invited to the Design For Good Academy to present life-centred design and non-human personas as a toolkit for innovating solutions in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Academy brings together designers from around the world to design solutions for the SDGs—such an honour to share my learnings in a course with other speakers like Don Norman, Daniel Christian Wahl, my amazing life-centred designer friend Jeroen Spoelstra, and Delfina Fantini van Ditmar!

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A screen showing Damien lutz as the Module 3 leader for the Design for Good Academy 2024 cohort.
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Life-centred design and climate adaptation

Sydney, Workshop | November, 2023

I was honoured to be invited to the AdaptNSW 2023 Forum to present life-centred design as a toolkit to assist with adapting to climate change.

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Damien Lutz presenting life-centred design at Adapt New South Wales 2023 Forum
'The Potential of Life-centred Design' talk with RMIT students

Introducing life-centred design to students of business

Sydney, Workshop | November, 2023

I was honoured to be invited as a Guest Speaker by RMIT to speak to Business Innovation students who had just completed a human-centred module, to introduce them to how life-centred design expands human-centred design, with a focus on ESG commitments and digital strategies.

Introducing life-centred design to a banking Design Team

Sydney, Workshop | 2022

Consumers and business are getting more serious about sustainability and design for good. But how do we get there. I was asked to share my research for The Life-centred Design Guide with the awesome innovation team and business stakeholders at ING.

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Talks & lectures

The Design For Good logo

Global workshop | November, 2023

I was honoured to be invited to the Design For Good Academy to present life-centred design and non-human personas as a toolkit for innovating solutions in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Academy brings together designers from around the world to design solutions for the SDGs—such an honour to share my learnings in a course with other speakers like Don Norman, Daniel Christian Wahl, my amazing life-centred designer friend Jeroen Spoelstra, and Delfina Fantini van Ditmar!

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A screen showing Damien lutz as the Module 3 leader for the Design for Good Academy 2024 cohort.
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Sydney, Workshop | November, 2023

I was honoured to be invited to the AdaptNSW 2023 Forum to present life-centred design as a toolkit to assist with adapting to climate change.

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Damien Lutz presenting life-centred design at Adapt New South Wales 2023 Forum
'The Potential of Life-centred Design' talk with RMIT students

Sydney, Workshop | November, 2023

I was honoured to be invited as a Guest Speaker by RMIT to speak to Business Innovation students who had just completed a human-centred module, to introduce them to how life-centred design expands human-centred design, with a focus on ESG commitments and digital strategies.

Sydney, Workshop | 2022

Consumers and business are getting more serious about sustainability and design for good. But how do we get there. I was asked to share my research for The Life-centred Design Guide with the awesome innovation team and business stakeholders at ING.

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Training & Workshops

Introducing life-centred design and non-human personas in Portugal at NOVA School of Business and Economics

Introducing life-centred design to corporates and students

Lisbon, Portugal | April 2024

I was honoured to be invited to the NOVA School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal, to present life-centred design, and then to run a workshop with 44 participants to use ecosystem mapping to explore the environmental and social impacts of everyday and luxary products.

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Damien Lutz talks in front of a crowd of workshop participants—"Let's design our products, businesses, and systems to be more like trees—powered by renewables, reusing waste, and benefiting many."
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Life-centred design and climate adaptation professionals

Sydney, Australia | November 2023

I was honoured to be invited to the AdaptNSW 2023 Forum to present life-centred design as a toolkit to assist with adapting to climate change, and then to run a workshop with 50 participants exploring how non-human personas could be used to redesign human city spaces to also support the needs of city animals through climate change.

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'Life-centred Futures' talk and workshop with University of Sydney Design Students

Introducing life-centred design to students of responsible innovation

Sydney, Australia | October 2022

Invited as a Guest Lecturer by The Responsible Design for Innovation course at The University of Sydney, with Phil Gough, I was honoured to introduce students to design strategies and techniques to tackle complex problems and drive responsible innovation for products, services and processes by fostering inclusion and regenerative design practices.
The students created non-human and non-user personas, and explored how to use data to life-centre their designs.

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Designing life-centred future products with non-human personas

Sydney, Australia | June 2022

As a guest workshop facilitator for Speculative Design Sydney, I introduced participants to life-centred thinking via a workshop set in 2030, where participants designed with AI, future tech, life-centred design, and a non-human persona to speculate a future life-centred version of an everyday product. In four teams, we explored a future world that prioritises repairing and reusing over making new things by designing a future, life-centred version of mattresses, a ubiquitous product that uses a lot of resources and creates a lot of landfill. 

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'The Futures of Design' talk and workshop with Woolies X Design team

Workshopping life-centred design with a supermarket design team

Sydney, Australia | Aug 2022

Global and local issues are forcing design to embrace wider views, from user experience to lifecycle thinking, from short-term rewards to stewarding futures. Invited by the Wollies X Design Team as a Guest Lecturer, I shared life-centred design, foresight and speculative design, and they connected design projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In a follow-up session, I took the designers through a workshop about connecting their design projects to the SDGs, and a ‘decentering’ exercise to use their privileges as design powers to help others.

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Designers mapping their privileges and turning them into powers for good

Designing future values-driven products with student futurists

Sydney, Australia | 2021

Guest lecturing a class for the ECHOs Designing Futures course, I had a lot of fun guiding students through my Future Scouting Rapid Future Product Design method to design future values-driven products based on advanced technology. The method incorporates speculative design and life-centred design.

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Training & Workshops

Introducing life-centred design and non-human personas in Portugal at NOVA School of Business and Economics

Lisbon, Portugal | April 2024

I was honoured to be invited to the NOVA School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal, to present life-centred design, and then to run a workshop with 44 participants to use ecosystem mapping to explore the environmental and social impacts of everyday and luxary products.

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Damien Lutz talks in front of a crowd of workshop participants—"Let's design our products, businesses, and systems to be more like trees—powered by renewables, reusing waste, and benefiting many."
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Sydney, Australia | November 2023

I was honoured to be invited to the AdaptNSW 2023 Forum to present life-centred design as a toolkit to assist with adapting to climate change, and then to run a workshop with 50 participants exploring how non-human personas could be used to redesign human city spaces to also support the needs of city animals through climate change.

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'Life-centred Futures' talk and workshop with University of Sydney Design Students

Sydney, Australia | October 2022

Invited as a Guest Lecturer by The Responsible Design for Innovation course at The University of Sydney, with Phil Gough, I was honoured to introduce students to design strategies and techniques to tackle complex problems and drive responsible innovation for products, services and processes by fostering inclusion and regenerative design practices.
The students created non-human and non-user personas, and explored how to use data to life-centre their designs.

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Sydney, Australia | June 2022

As a guest workshop facilitator for Speculative Design Sydney, I introduced participants to life-centred thinking via a workshop set in 2030, where participants designed with AI, future tech, life-centred design, and a non-human persona to speculate a future life-centred version of an everyday product. In four teams, we explored a future world that prioritises repairing and reusing over making new things by designing a future, life-centred version of mattresses, a ubiquitous product that uses a lot of resources and creates a lot of landfill. 

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'The Futures of Design' talk and workshop with Woolies X Design team

Sydney, Australia | Aug 2022

Global and local issues are forcing design to embrace wider views, from user experience to lifecycle thinking, from short-term rewards to stewarding futures. Invited by the Wollies X Design Team as a Guest Lecturer, I shared life-centred design, foresight and speculative design, and they connected design projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In a follow-up session, I took the designers through a workshop about connecting their design projects to the SDGs, and a ‘decentering’ exercise to use their privileges as design powers to help others.

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Designers mapping their privileges and turning them into powers for good

Sydney, Australia | 2021

Guest lecturing a class for the ECHOs Designing Futures course, I had a lot of fun guiding students through my Future Scouting Rapid Future Product Design method to design future values-driven products based on advanced technology. The method incorporates speculative design and life-centred design.

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Consulting

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Incorporating non-human personas into curriculums

Sydney, Australia | 2023

I was honoured to work with The University of Technology Sydney to incorporate Non-human personas in both the Centre for Compassionate Conservation and the Transdisciplinary Design School

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Consulting

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Sydney, Australia | 2023

I was honoured to work with The University of Technology Sydney to incorporate Non-human personas in both the Centre for Compassionate Conservation and the Transdisciplinary Design School

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Take the lead

Lead the way by redesigning your products and business to reduce environmental and social harm and regenerate the people and environments your system relies on.

“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.”

Two books standing on and angle, The Non-human Persona Guide and The Life-centred Design Guide

#2 Amazon Best Seller in Engineering Design, Dec ’22 (The Life-centred Design Guide)

Take the lead

Lead the way by redesigning your products and business to reduce environmental and social harm and regenerate the people and environments your system relies on.

Two books standing on and angle, The Non-human Persona Guide and The Life-centred Design Guide

#2 Amazon Best Seller in Engineering Design, Dec ’22 (The Life-centred Design Guide)

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

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

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

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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

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

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

100 trees planted!

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