The Royal College of Art and UNESCO embark on a unique partnership using design and innovation to help deliver the sustainable future ocean we all want.
At a glance:
- Connecting Ocean data gathering with stakeholder action.
- Bringing co-design, stakeholder engagement and participatory design capacity to develop new innovations and encourage behaviour change.
- Using data visualisation, data science, engineering and innovation design to design products, services, systems, interventions and policies for tackling ocean issues.
One of the major issues for tackling future ocean and climate issues involve the co-design gap between Ocean data gathering and community actions. Our partnership involves involves providing expertise and capacity to bridge this gap. We also anticipate moving beyond human centredness towards ecosystem representation and strategically prioritising where and how design should act.
As a Decade Implementing Partner, the RCA will work on three UNESCO Ocean Decade Challenges:
- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity (Challenge 2)
- Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy (Challenge 4)
- Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean (Challenge 10)
What we did
The UNESCO partnership builds on the successful NEMO research project surveying objects in the Atlantic Ocean Between Greenland and Poole UK.
The RCA NEMO UNESCO partnership aims to develop a community of practice, initiate ocean co-design projects, gather online ocean co-design assets, deliver knowledge exchange at UNESCO events, build a global network of ocean co-design capability, set up an Ocean Co-design futures observatory and initiate high impact partnerships.
Our primary goal will be to provide and network co-design capacity connecting Ocean science with stakeholders and solutions to help deliver the ocean we all want.
“We are honoured to support the UN Ocean Decade as a Decade Implementing Partner. We will be applying the creative thinking and interdisciplinary approach of the RCA to innovate and help build a sustainable, healthy ocean, in close partnership with the Ocean Decade team with IOC/UNESCO.”Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art
“Interestingly we know more about the moon than we do about our own ocean. As designers working with the international scientific marine community we wish to develop insightful, relevant and human-centred design thinking. We seek to provide solutions providing balance between protecting our ocean and marine diversity whilst providing safe, sustainable, economic models for human activity in coastal regions around the world.”Dean, School of Design
“We are very pleased to be working with the Royal College of Art on bringing design-led thinking and co-designed, innovative solutions to the ocean’s most pressing problems. We thank the RCA for their commitment to this new partnership and look forward to our collaboration over the course of the Ocean Decade.”Head of the Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section at IOC/UNESCO, and Global Coordinator of the Ocean Decade