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The Sunshine Cinema launches with crowd-funding success in South Africa

Nyheter   •   Mar 24, 2014 05:37 CET

The Sunshine Cinema can go anywhere, everywhere. It aims to fuse storytelling, as an indigenous means of knowledge transfer, and the power of contemporary media – short form documentaries and ‘DIY’ films, to transfer practical, indigenous solutions to a range of health, environmental and social issues. It promises to "share innovations that uplift, educate and inspire, powered by the African sun!"


SHIFT: Social Design Challenge - Cape Town, April 2013

Pressmeddelanden   •   Maj 15, 2013 16:17 CEST

This social design intervention hosted in collaboration with Masibambisane Secondary School in Delft took place in Cape Town, 16 - 26 April 2013. Challenge participants included the 10 Fresh Talents, 6 Delft youth and 3 Swedish Design Ambassadors, who were set to task to design and implement solutions to improve the lives of the Delft youth, centered around the school - in just 10days!


South Africa's promising young sustainable designers announced

Pressmeddelanden   •   Apr 30, 2013 15:30 CEST

Shift awards its 2012-2013 Fresh Talent winners. Cape Town – The winners of the 2012-2013 Fresh Talent Sustainable Design Competition, hosted by Shift were announced at the Sustainable Design Awards, at City Hall Cape Town on Friday, 26 April, 2013. Shift is a South African NPO that empowers youth through practical skills transfer for social, environmental and economic sustainability.


Winning Fresh Talent prototypes to be exhibited at The Hub, Johannesburg

Nyheter   •   Nov 12, 2012 12:13 CET

Showcasing the designs and concept prototypes of the 2011-2012 winners and multi-media stories of the finalists’ journey into sustainable design through their participation in Shift’s educational exchange program, the exhibition also offers the opportunity to view global examples of sustainable design curated with INDEX: Design to Improve Life®.


Finalists announced for the 2012-13 Fresh Talent Sustainable Design Competition

Pressmeddelanden   •   Okt 31, 2012 12:16 CET

Today, 31 October 2012 – Shift announced the sixteen finalist concepts for this year’s Fresh Talent Sustainable Design Competition. Shift is a Non Profit Organisation that aims to raise awareness amongst young South Africans about the role that design can play in developing practical and sustainable solutions to every day challenges.


2012- 2013 Fresh Talent Sustainable Design Competition: Call for entries!

Pressmeddelanden   •   Sep 18, 2012 09:03 CEST

The competition is our main platform to showcase examples of sustainable design and how small things can make a BIG difference. This call to action challenges creatives to think beyond beauty and functionality and consider how design can influence significant positive change to local and global communities and natural environments.


Eco Design Initiative rebrands to Shift: Inspiring sustainable design

Nyheter   •   Aug 01, 2012 08:51 CEST

Janine Johnston, CEO of Shift said: “In a very short existence (officially registered in December 2010) the Eco Design Initiative has successfully created a number of projects to meet our aim of promoting sustainable design. Now is the time to rebrand and align all our activities succinctly to that brand.”


Industrial design improves society

Pressmeddelanden   •   Jun 29, 2012 09:58 CEST

In light of the 6th World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) taking place on 29 June, the Eco Design Initiative would like to acknowledge the vital contribution that industrial design has played in improving our society on an economic, sustainable and environmental front.


South Africa's Fresh Talent competition winners head to Sweden

Pressmeddelanden   •   Jun 13, 2012 15:23 CEST

Fresh Talent Competition winners showcase their designs at Form/Design Center in Malmö.


Eyes on the Prize: Exchanging skills and culture for sustainability

Pressmeddelanden   •   Dec 13, 2011 09:16 CET

The Eco Design initiative is an action-orientated skills development and culture exchange between designers for sustainability from across South Africa and Sweden. The Eco Design Initiative will host the Fresh Talent Workshop and the launch of Sustainable Design Showcase at Cape Town City Hall and the social design intervention at Sakumlandela Primary School in Khayelitsha, 7 – 16 March 2012.

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Om Shift - Inspiring Sustainable Design

Inspiring Sustainable Design

Established in 2009, Shift (previously known as Eco Design Initiative), is a South African non-profit organization (ref #085-706) that empowers youth through the transfer of practical skills for social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Sustainability = People + Planet + Prosperity

Shift mobilizes diverse groups of people into positive action, facilitating cross-cultural collaborations that embrace 'design' as a process for innovation that shapes our environments in ways that satisfy real needs.

Shift enjoys partnerships and associations to organizations in South Africa and Sweden that share knowledge, resources and experiences; and a passion for putting sustainability in practice.


  • Shift - Inspiring Sustainable Design
  • PO Box 19, The Reeds
  • 0158 Sydafrika