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Designing for a Sustainable Future

Become a sustainable tech innovator and learn about Design Thinking with Samsung to bring your sustainable tech solutions to life

Designing for a Sustainable Future
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
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From environmental tech to green design, find your way in sustainable innovation

Are you curious about how you can use technology to solve our climate crisis?

Sustainability is one of the most pressing cultural, societal, and planetary challenges of our time.

On this course, you’ll hear from a range of passionate experts from the UK including presenter and founder of GROW George Lamb alongside Dominique Palmer (Climate justice activist), Dwayne Fields (Adventurer and Explorer), and Joycelyn Longdon (Founder of Climate in Colour).

Explore what technological innovation could mean for sustainability

You’ll begin by taking a deep dive into what’s happening in the sustainability sector in the UK today and what an equitable sustainable future could look like. You will reflect on what is needed for our world to be more sustainable and be introduced to existing sustainable technology solutions and the impact they’re having on the UK’s sustainability efforts.

Learn about design-thinking and get inspired by sustainable design

Designing today comes with a responsibility to think of the environmental and sustainable impact of your efforts now and in the future.

Throughout this course, you’ll also get to grips with the fundamentals of Design Thinking- a non-linear and iterative process used by many technology companies like Samsung to solve problems and create innovative solutions.

By the end of the course, you’ll feel inspired and confident in identifying, planning, and articulating your own sustainable technology designs–using empathetic design thinking to bring your ideas to life.

Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow

This course forms part of Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow programme, offering young people a chance to explore the role tech can play in solving some of society’s biggest issues.

Design the future. No qualifications needed.

What topics will you cover?

  • An introduction to the course from Samsung.
  • An overview of the current sustainability landscape in the UK and what this could look like moving forward.
  • Examples of inspiring projects and solutions that are pioneering the future of sustainability.
  • Imagining what might be possible for society if technology is imbued within Sustainability.
  • Fundamentals of Design Thinking and how to apply it to bring your ideas to life.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The content of the following course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on how sustainability relates to you today.
  • Compare and discuss the state of sustainability in the UK today.
  • Identify and interpret opportunities and challenges when designing for a sustainable future.
  • Explore the opportunities that technology can bring when designing for a sustainable future.
  • Understand the fundamentals and importance of empathetic design thinking.
  • Identify and ideate your own tangible actions and solutions in response to the proposition: Designing for a sustainable future.

Who is the course for?

This course would appeal to young people aged 16-25 from across the UK who are passionate innovators and are keen to drive positive change for themselves, their communities and the world.

If you’re curious about the possibilities of technology in solving pressing world issues, this course is for you. No formal education experience is required.

Who developed the course?


Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. Samsung is committed to Enabling People by empowering future generations to achieve their full potential through education.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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What's included?

Samsung are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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