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Become a Design Council Expert

Applications are now closed.

We are in the process of recruiting our new network of Design Council Experts as current contracts will come to an end on 1 April 2024. Stay tuned for the new cohort announcement in June 2024.

Our Experts are design pioneers who work with us to advocate for design, share knowledge about best practice and help us deliver advice and programmes.

We are using this process as an opportunity to reduce the number of experts to ensure we can meaningfully engage with the new cohort and to increase the regional and demographic diversity, as well as representing a full spectrum of design disciplines.

To tackle the climate crisis we have to redesign nearly everything about the way we live our lives and that means every designer working towards a regenerative future. We are looking for the best voices from every area of design to push forward the Design for Planet mission.

Where is Design for Planet needed most?

Design can reimagine materials, re-use waste and create a fair, circular economy.

Design can regenerate places by reviving biodiversity and building skills for people to care for their community and environment.

Design can drive zero emissions through behaviour change and technology.

What’s the role of a Design Council Expert?

There are different ways in which you might champion our work and Design for Planet mission:

  • Provide expertise and advice in our programmes to build skills and support organisations embed design and deliver missions.
  • Contribute your practical knowledge and thought leadership to collective intelligence about how to Design for Planet.
  • Use your experience as a designer to help us shape policy recommendations that support the design sector.
  • Advocate for design's value in the green transition.
  • Act as inspirational beacons showing the best Design for Planet in action.

Practically this might look like:

  • Delivering design training as part of our Design for Planet Academy.
  • Providing strategic design leadership or specific design advice via our demonstrator projects, e.g. to increase repairability or develop a new eco-label.
  • Providing expert advice as part of our strategic Design Reviews.
  • Engaging your networks to advocate for our Design for Planet mission.
  • Sharing your insights into best and next practice through individual thought pieces or collective insight sharing sessions, all published on our Design for Planet Knowledge Hub.
  • Participating in policy roundtables to help us understand issues and develop recommendations.
  • Speaking at or engaging in one of our flagship events.

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