Center for Socially Engaged Design

Social Entrepreneurship & Business Models

Thoughtful, engaged design solutions may have potential in the business world. C-SED can help you begin developing business plans and other approaches to making your design impactful in a broader context. Our experts can help you understand business models, value propositions, and other key pieces of entrepreneurship through individual consultations and team workshops.

Book a Consult!

Request a Workshop!

Overview of Technological Sustainability

Sustainability is common buzzword. However, in order to evaluate the sustainability of products and design decisions, it is key to have a holistic approach to technology sustainability. At C-SED, we approach sustainability using a variety of tools and use a few central criteria and definitions to guide our decision making. 

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) online learning block walks you through the 4 key criteria for sustainability, basic definitions, the IPAT equation, potential pitfalls, and gives you an initial sense of the tools you may use to evaluate sustainability. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops. Follow the links below to all these resources!

SEDA Block: Overview of Technology Sustainability

Book a Consult!

Request a Workshop!

Life Cycle Assessment

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool designers can use to gain insight into the environmental impacts of their products, processes, and services. While life cycle assessment is limited and often serves as a starting point for understanding technology sustainability, it has standardized processes which enable designers to compare and contrast design decisions from a sustainability perspective with a high degree of confidence. There are 4 key phases in LCA Goal and Scope Development, Inventory Analysis, Impact Assessment, and Interpretation. C-SED can help you explore and apply this impactful validation and measurement technique to the fullest.

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) online learning block walk you through each phase of the life cycle assessment process in order to understand how to use this tool effectively while understanding its limitations. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops on this topic as well. Follow the links below to all these resources!

SEDA Block: LCA Goal and Scope Development

SEDA Block: Inventory Analysis

SEDA Block: Impact Assessment and Interpretation

Book a Consult!

Request a Workshop!