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In 2008 the London Design Festival saw the launch of the sustainability design organisation, greengaged – a concept developed and delivered by Sophie Thomas and two other curators from industry and education, Anne Chick and Sarah Johnson.

The first programme of events was sponsor hosted by the Design Council and pulled together a diverse and comprehensive selection of debates, workshops, master classes and excursions running for a week with an incredibly broad spectrum of over 70 speakers from around the globe including Michael Braungart from Cradle to Cradle, Dorothy Mackenzie and Clive Grinyer, ARUP, IDEO, New Economics Foundation, chemist Mike Pitts from CKTN and commissioners including the London 2012 team.

Communication and identity was key when talking to a design heavy audience. The studio developed a simple iconic logo that could become a vehicle to assist dialogue and networking, both key parts of the programme. The look and feel spread through all collateral both digital in the website to physical in the speces it occupied.

Around two thousand people signed up for these events with over 85% attendance rate. Greengaged successfully ran a second series of events in 2009 hosted once more by the Design Council where five distinguished guest curators each ran a day on their chosen topic in sustainable design including Biomimicry, behaviour change and materials choices. peaked at 20,000 hits per day in the week of the London Design Festivals with commissioned design bloggers writing daily pieces and every event recorded through video or audio to be made into downloadable podcasts and transcripts. In 2009 greengaged ran a design workshop at the inaugural Beijing Design Festival.

Our campaigning work in sustainable design has developed further, and greengaged has continued through a number of channels: the not-for-profit sustainable communication design organisation ‘three trees don’t make a forest’  set up with Caroline Clark from Lovely as a Tree (link) and Nat Hunter, formerly Airside that promoted sustainable practice through knowledge transfer and more recently The Great Recovery project (link to page)