The Polycene Design Manual is a collection of essays, activities, and project outcomes that emerged from an exploration of the “Polycene”—an epoch encompassing the promises and perils of navigating through today’s polycrisis. It is an attempt (forever a draft!) to articulate design principles fit for our urgent present, confronting a crisis of imagination with planetary perspectives, ethical considerations, and community engagements.

The manual was created at the RISD Center for Complexity as part of a collaboration with the 10x100 network founded by Politics for Tomorrow and Dark Matter Labs.

Along with implementing web design and editorial direction, I authored this piece about stewardship, co-wrote this essay about Anthropocene nomenclature, and engaged in this exchange about debt and accountability.