Sustainable Design : how can we educate responsible designers?

To answer this challenge, an experimental design module of the Sulitest (Sustainability Literacy Test) has been launched by Kedge Design School in association with France Design Education and the Cumulus Association. This collaborative project will be presented during the World Design Summit in Montreal. More than 50 international organizations and 600 speakers will be gathered during this Summit with for common objective to conceive a better world and to solve the world challenges thanks to the design.

You can join us during an international working session there which will take place on October 17th, 2017 at 8:30 am.

The Sulitest initiative originated during the United Nations conference on the sustainable development which took place in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, Kedge Business School and its international partners created the Sulitest Association and an on-line questionnaire to test and improve knowledge on sustainability and corporate social responsibly (CSR).  Its vocation is to respond to the needs of citizens, political and economic actors, to integrate sustainable development into their everyday lives and their organizations. First intended for the students, Sulitest is now supported by a large majority by companies and institutions. Conceived to measure and improve the knowledge regarding sustainability, Sulitest has been used in 643 universities and companies in 58 countries. Approximately 69000 tests have been taken across in the world.

Recognized as one of the seventeen featured initiatives of the UN partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Each Sulitest question is aligned with one or more goals from the Global Agenda, creating the largest database on citizens’ awareness and understanding of the SDGs.

Designers are, in part, responsible for the products, services and business models that affect our planet and its people on a daily basis.  As design educators, it is our responsibility to train our students so that they understand the impact of their choices while they design for a better future and reduce the negative human footprint on our world. 

As a pilot institution, Kedge Business School, through its Design School, was tasked with the elaboration of a new specific module on sustainable design. This international "beta" version will be administered to the 6000 people during the World Design Summit who will take place in Montreal from 16 -25 October 2017 in order to discuss on the following questions:

  • Why do we need to measure sustainable design knowledge?
  • Is a test the best method for measurement?
  • How can we use the Sulitest in our teaching, recruitment and management?
  • What are the core sustainable competencies that we need to transmit to the future generation of designers?

Want to test your knowledge?  Use the Congress and Summit app or go the Sulitest website!

( Once registered use the following code: B9F3-14B3-7AB1)