Welcome – what is contributive practice?

Welcome, below is a short introduction to contributive practice and the book that is being written on what this means for practitioners in the built environment.

Contributive practice is active use of your skills and practice to design so as to maximise the potential of both nature and humans to thrive. It does not look at what can I get from the project but what can I give. It does this from a framework of open collaboration, listening and respect for nature, history and all people. This concept has been developed as a response to our critique of current sustainability practice which has only seen our impact grow.

Book : Designing for Hope: Contributive practices for a thriving future

We are entering a time of change, a time when many tipping points will be passed triggering unexpected consequences for our way of life. Yet it is also a time of great opportunity, a time where it is possible to work towards a thriving, if different, future. This book offers a hopeful response to the often frightening changes and challenges we face; arguing that we can actively create a positive and abundant future through mindful, contributive engagement that is rooted in a living systems based worldview. Concepts and practices such as Regenerative Development, Biophilic Design, Biomimicry, Permaculture and Positive Development are explored through interviews and case studies from the built environment to try and answer questions such as: ‘How can projects focus on creating a positive ecological footprint and contribute to community?’; How can we as practitioners restore and enrich the relationships in our projects?; and ‘How does design focus hope and create a positive legacy?’ The intention is to provide not just hope, but also inspiration to all kinds of designers, whether they are designing spaces and places, systems and processes, or simply new ways of being in the world so that they can find their own way of contributing to the creation of a thriving future.