In simple terms; net positive is giving back more than we take; be it the environment, society, or anything that we value in this world. As an industry wide design principle, being ‘Net Positive’ allows us to have a far greater impact beyond the products and services we provide as individuals.
The beauty of this is that so many of the answers exist within nature already and have done so for millions of years. In our industry this is often referred to as Biomimicry.
The environment as guiding principles in design thinking
One great example of this is how an Aquaponic food system mimics sustainable life cycles on a human scale to provide food and give back to the environment all at once. It’s exciting to imagine the solutions that are possible when we have nature and the environment as guiding principles in design thinking.