SEED: Social Economic Environmental Design® provides a common standard to guide, evaluate and measure the social, economic and environmental impact of design projects.
SEED maintains the belief that design can play a vital role in the most critical issues that face communities and individuals, in crisis and in every day challenges. To accomplish this, the SEED® process guides professionals to work alongside locals who know their community and its needs. This practice of "trusting the local" is increasingly recognized as a highly effective way to sustain the health and longevity of a place or a community as it develops.
The name "SEED" was first proposed during a 2005 meeting at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where architects, designers, and other diverse experts in the public interest design movement convened to evaluate how design could respond to the triple bottom line of social, economic, and environmental justice.
SEED's Mission is to advance the right of every person to live in a socially, economically and environmentally healthy community.
- The SEED guiding principles are:
- SEED Principle 1: Advocate with those who have a limited voice in public life.
- SEED Principle 2: Build structures for inclusion that engage stakeholders and allow communities to make decisions.
- SEED Principle 3: Promote social equality through discourse that reflects a range of values and social identities.
- SEED Principle 4: Generate ideas that grow from place and build local capacity.
- SEED Principle 5: Design to help conserve resources and minimize waste.