Why Oslo Manifesto? The Founding Story.

It all started in Oslo on November 17, 2015, at the Framtanker conference hosted by The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA).

The room was full of design students, sustainability leaders, and fashion visionaries from around the world.

The discussion was about the critical role that design, architecture, and city planning play in the creation of a sustainable world. How can we get more designers to take responsibility and truly realize the difference they can make?

The Sustainable Development Goals entered the dialogue.

And then a question — What if we could translate the SDGs into something that designers could really get behind? Really make use of?

A spark was born.

The Oslo Manifesto was drafted.

And then we decided to made it real.

Alan AtKisson from 17Goals and Jannicke Hølen from DOGA signing the Oslo Manifesto at DOGA’s national conference, “Transform,” April 26, 2016.

The purpose of the Oslo Manifesto is to energize a movement of designers, architects, and city planners — and the organizations and institutions they work with — to embrace the Sustainable Development Goals and incorporate them into their work as design standards for a new, sustainable world.

The Oslo Manifesto is more than a public declaration or another set of design standards. And it’s intended to serve far beyond the deadline of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Oslo Manifesto is an embodiment of the movement towards a new, empowered standard of design which compassionately shapes and harmonizes with the systems of the earth, its communities, and the beings that live on it.

Read and sign the manifesto here.

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