Calling all changemakers
Welcome to the Redesign Everything Challenge!
With this global design competition, we are seeking creative solutions to address the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to a fair and circular future. Changemakers everywhere are invited to submit ideas to radically redesign the world we live in — our products, materials, stories, systems, services and spaces — through a circular and regenerative lens.
If it sounds like we’re asking to redesign absolutely everything, that’s because we are. With so much at stake, nothing less will do. Can your innovation drive this change?
DO YOU HAVE A SOLUTION?
WHY THIS CHALLENGE NOW?
Since 2015, we’ve partnered with organisations like IKEA Foundation to launch global challenges around different societal issues, from clean energy and circularity to the health and wellbeing of refugees. In that time, we’ve learned that many of the problems we currently face are deeply interconnected, whether we are talking about plastic waste in Kenya or the housing crisis in the Netherlands. It follows then, that the best solutions are too.
That is why this year, we’re throwing the door wide open and launching our most expansive challenge yet, all made possible thanks to the support of our partners, our main partner IKEA Foundation and our global strategic partners Secrid, Nationale Postcode Loterij, ClickNL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Now, more than ever, there is an urgent need for circular, regenerative and inclusive solutions; and for the transformative, disruptive, and healing power of design.
One of our previous winners is Modern Synthesis, a biomaterial start-up working to reimagine textiles in fashion.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for creative climate solutions across five main disciplines: products, materials, communications, spaces and systems & services. This includes new ideas and existing enterprises for how we might transform our societies along with our industries: from food, fashion and packaging, to mobility, electronics, digital services and construction. While we ask you to position your ideas within these disciplines, your submission can take on any form. Maybe it’s a new circular material, or a digital service that makes recycling easy. Maybe it’s the beginning of a movement, or a campaign to shift cultural values and attitudes. Every effort counts, and every degree of change matters.
Know a great project that fits the brief?
Another previous winner is Refugio, a project working to make cities more hospitable to pollinating insects.
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN?
At the end of the open call, a minimum of 10 winning teams will be selected according to four key criteria: impact, design and creativity, feasibility and scalability, and the strength of your team and network. The award package includes access to an accelerator programme designed to bring your ideas to the next level.
IN GOOD COMPANY
Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of creative entrepreneurs develop their ideas into thriving start-ups and businesses. Taking part in the Redesign Everything Challenge means you’ll be joining this growing network of dedicated changemakers.
Another previous winner is Club de Reparadores, a platform engaging people to recycle and repair.
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Redesign Everything is our fifth Climate Action Challenge in partnership with IKEA Foundation. For more information about What Design Can Do and our previous challenges please visit www.whatdesigncando.com.
What Design Can Do (WDCD) is an international organisation that seeks to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, fair and just society using the power of design. Based in Amsterdam, with hubs in São Paulo, Mexico City, Delhi, Nairobi and Tokyo, WDCD started in 2011 and is initiated, curated and organised by creatives.