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How might we design a model of sustainable eco-tourism?

By Administrator | 1 October 2013

We're using design thinking to explore new solutions for some of the 21st century’s big issues.

On Tuesday 15 October a panel of leading designers, including internationally acclaimed design expert John Thackara (UK), will respond the question ‘how might we design a model of sustainable eco-tourism?

This will be the second event in SLQ’s Think Outside series, which invites local, national and international design leaders to contemplate a problem outside their area of expertise, offering new and unexpected solutions for discussion.

Design thinking refers to a creative, future-focussed problem-solving process that matches needs with opportunities.

Christian Duell, Manager of the SLQ Asia Pacific Design Library, said last month the Think Outside panel examined new possibilities for designing out homelessness, and came up with some intriguing results.

“In October we’re turning our attention to sustainable eco-tourism, with world-class speakers John Thackara from Doors of Perception, Amalie Wright from Landscapology, and Tamsin O’Neill, editor of Green Magazine,” said Mr Duell.

“The idea of sustainable eco-tourism has been gaining momentum from a new generation of tourism operators, inspired by a commitment to leave things better – both for communities, and for the living systems we visit,” he said

“However the ideal is complicated by confusion around certification and standards, the environmental impact of visitors, and natural resource management and social responsibility.

“We don’t expect that we can magically fix this major challenge in a single hour-long talk. What we do hope however is that the discussion can inspire new ideas and possibilities, leading to broader conversations and action on this issue,” he said.

John Thackara, recognised for his innovative work with governments and organisations across Europe, will also be running a master class on Monday 14 October aimed at designers and creative thinkers looking to expand their skills and expertise in the areas of service design, design thinking and design integration. For details and bookings visit

The final Think Outside event will be held in November, looking at possibilities for a more ethical and sustainable economic system.

Visit for more details and to book tickets.

Sponsored by QUT and Griffith University.

When Tue 15 Oct & 5 Nov, 6.30pm | Where SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland | Tickets Free, bookings

Media enquiries: Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications | 07 3840 7784 |


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