The Living Ideas Library

Curating the ideas, knowledge, and data needed to intentionally create a world supporting the whole of life through ecology, poiètics, vision, and community.

This page is currently being Reimagined.

We constructed our website in 2013. The world has changed and it’s time for a resilient bounce. Renovation of our site’s Digital Machinery and the Living Design Vision + Theory it hosts will progress throughout 2023 and 2024.

Reimagining the C3 Living Design Project Website

After a decade of use, the original C3 Living Design website is being retired, recreated and replaced with a new site using the current generation of digital machinery. A partially renovated C3LD site went live in August of 2023. The site will continue to host the UMN Sustainable Design Theory + Practice Masters level course Arch 8516, the RELi Resilient Design Guidelines, living news, and more. Renovation work on the site’s Web Technologies, and the Design Theory that C3LD is known for will continue through 2024 / 2025.

The C3 Living Design Project was informally launched on July 25, 2009. It began at an AIA Minnesota COTE workshop facilitated by Doug and M. Deborah Pierce with the goal of crafting an innovative, multi-disciplinary sustainable design approach. On November 8, 2013, the project progressed to a more formal stage with the launch of the C3 Living Design Project website (C3LD). Over the last decade C3LD has has hand an impactful influence on the present and the future. We continue to actively shape the next generation of thinking with actionable ideas for deep Transformation to a Living World now, and into the future. You can track the renovation updates on our Twitter feed on X, formerly known as Twitter, here.

Create

The Living Design Approach inspires transformative thinking, creative action and real world outcomes focused on life. We break transfromation.

Curate​

Our Library places a wide range of scale-jumping actions, patterns, guides, tools, and videos at your fingertips. They’re what bring the Living Design Approach to life.

Connect​

The Connectivity Hive is an ever-changing stream of ideas flowing from leading thinkers, solutionists, and advocates that inform the new living story of life.

Essential Resources for Living Design



Practice Methods for Living Design

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The Living Ideas Library

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Tools for Living Design

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RELi Action List for LIving Design

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Media Collection: News . Orgs . People

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Media Collection: #Hashtags

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Si Network Systems Innovation

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Learning + Development

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Systems
Thinking

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Pattern
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Integrative Thinking

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Reductive Thinking

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“We need a rapid and far reaching transformation of human society at a magnitude that has simply never happened before …”​

UN IPCC:  October 2018  Interpreted by the Washington Post

The Transformative Perspectives of
Living Design

ECOLOGY

Resilience ⋅ Regeneration
Sustainability
Emergence

POETICS

Relationships ⋅ Flow​ ⋅ Form
Story
Creativity

EQUITY

Community ⋅ Compassion
Empathy
Diversity​

WELL-BEING

Health ⋅ Harmony ⋅ Holism
Balance
Vitality

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