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Design for Conservation
is a methodology 
that enables collaborative problem solving
for environmental conservation and sustainability challenges.

There is a need for a specific,

participatory Design Thinking process for Conservation, Sustainability and Social Innovation.

D4C toolkit enables people to address complex challenges in a creative, non-linear way, taking into consideration multiple stakeholder points of view -  human and nonhuman - and the complex interactions between emotional, spiritual, and scientific approaches.


An iterative Agile to Deep process that adapts to your team's resources and availability

Upcoming presentations and workshops

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1 May 2024

The Design 4 Conservation method: facilitating change from a multispecies perspective

I will be introducing an overview of global challenges, systems thinking, sustainability principles and place-based approaches through the 5 stages of the D4C methodology and the tools that each stage offers.
 Learn more

Auckland, NZ

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18 Sept., 2023

EuroMarine Science Foresight Webinar Series 2023

Ocean Sciences, Arts and Philosophy in the Information Era - Seeking New Pathways to Experience the Living Ocean is the first of four webinars which will explore the crossroads of ocean sciences, arts, and philosophy in the digital age. Learn more.

Register here

Barcelona and online

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Nov 2-4, 2022

Cumulus International Conference: Design for Adaptation 

Adaptation cannot be an afterthought.
Thinking ahead can catalyze ideas and methods of growth while also reducing vulnerability to climate change. Global actions to slow climate change are promising but insufficient, and climate adaptation has become a pressing issue. This emergency, without precedent, requires bold and creative thinking. Learn more. 

Register here

Detroit (USA)

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October 12, 2021

IASC International Conference 2021

Join us at the XVIII Biennial IASC Conference “Our Commons Future”.

"Our aim is to empower communities to create and be a part of their own solutions autonomously, upholding their values and their independence, and ultimately create a more resilient landscape". Learn more.

University of Arizona (USA)

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10 April 2024

The Design 4 Conservation methodology: sustainable innovation from a pluriversal perspective

The D4C methodology acknowledges the interplay between emotional, spiritual, and scientific aspects, aiming for an ontological integration. It fosters trust among participants by combining work and play, creating a safe environment for diverse worldviews to coexist. Learn more

Register here for free

Barcelona, Spain

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13-17 Jun., 2023

6th International EcoSummit

EcoSummit 2023 will have a focus on coastal and marine ecosystems including adjacent terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and catchments. Learn more

Register here

Gold Coast, Australia

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Oct 26-27, 2022

Ancestor, me: I am a good ancestor, believing in our future.

As part of the Auckland Climate Festival, we will work together with local heroes from Uru Whakaaro, in order to tackle the challenge of envisioning a nz-wide seed library, by harnessing technology under the lens of mātauranga Māori and community ownership. Learn more.

Auckland (New Zealand)

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September 22, 2021

Planning for Impact Research Seminar - Online 

Planning for impact is a key component of projects that contribute to Sustainable Development. In this seminar we will introduce how to understand, plan, measure and communicate social and environmental impacts. We will present purpose-led design research projects and tools that help you plan for impact.

Zoom link  Passcode: 998797

University of Auckland - ELAM

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8- 12 April 2024

UN Ocean Decade Conference 2024

Focused on ‘delivering the science we need for the ocean we want’, the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference, will bring together the global Ocean Decade community and partners to celebrate and take stock of progress, and set joint priorities for the future. It will be the highlight of an entire Ocean Decade Week taking place on 8 - 12 April 2024 throughout the city. Learn more

Barcelona, Spain

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22-26 Mar., 2023

Earth Beat Festival

The kaupapa/purpose of Earth Beat is to co-create a platform for transformation and celebration through strengthening our relationship and connection with the Earth and each other, so that we can inspire and empower new and regenerative ways of living. Learn more.

Register here

Ātiu creek regional park, Auckland (NZ)

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Jul 18 - 22, 2022

Coloquio Internacional de Investigadores en Diseno

The most important Design event in Latin America brings together students, professionals, entrepreneurs and academics from all over the world who can participate, from their country, from their city, from their home, in all the activities and spaces of the International Design Week 2022. All activities are carried out in virtual mode. Learn more.

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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September 2, 2021

Design for Conservation Workshop in SDG Summit Aotearoa 

In this workshop, we will experiment with highly visual tools that will help us tackle environmental conservation challenges through purpose, empathy, and rigor.

Free - Register here

Sustainable Development Summit 

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8-13 January 2024

IAELyon School of Management  International week 

I will be hosting D4C postgraduate seminars in English and Spanish. The week includes International Seminars targeted at Master’s degree students and executive participants, International Research Seminars, and an international CSR Network with visiting professors and guest speakers from international institutions. Learn more

Register here

Lyon, France

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20 Nov. - 1 Dec., 2022

New Zealand Ecological Society Conference

In the 2022 Conference theme we recognise the importance of hononga/connections: ​"Working Together – conservation success is possible only through nurturing the connections between individuals, communities, tangata whenua, and organisations." Learn more

Register here

Dunedin, Otago (NZ)

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May 3, 2022

Pathways: Human dimensions of wildlife Conference

This conference and training program designed to address the myriad issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. Our mission is to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management field. We invite you to join us in this critical wildlife conservation effort. Learn more.

Bremerton, Washington (USA)


July 22, 2021

Defining mental models for environmental conservation 

Join us to hear some fabulous presentations within the Transition Design framework, sharing our research on mental models together with  UP + Carnegie Mellon Univesity 

XII Congreso Latinoamericano de Enseñanza del Diseño

A safe, fun and productive co-design process 
in partnership with your stakeholders.

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