Nordic Life Design - a holistic approach and attitude to life

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When discussing future education, we tend to focus on defining future competencies and discussions
on preparing students for an everchanging labour market with job titles we cannot yet imagine. We
tend to oversee that our students, for years, have been among the human beings characterized as
having the highest degree of mental challenges, which indicates a real need not only for new initiatives
but for radical transformations in education. Initiatives that represent a more humanistic and
holistic view, combining a broader focus on education, including newer knowledge and a clear and
heavy focus on students' lives, well-being, and vitality. This paper describes Nordic Life Design, a
learning concept rooted in design theory and -practice, including knowledge from cognition, creativity,
and brain science. The intention is to educate student not only for working life in a complex and
ever-changing world, but for life in general. The paper adds examples of incorporating the concept
in the higher education curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDesign Research Society
Pages (from-to)138-151
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2021
EventLEARNxDESIGN 2021: 6th International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Engaging with Challenges in Design Education - Shandong University of Art & Design, Jinan, China
Duration: 24 Sept 202126 Sept 2021


ConferenceLEARNxDESIGN 2021: 6th International Conference for Design Education Researchers
LocationShandong University of Art & Design
Internet address


  • learning, educational science and teaching
  • health, nutrition and quality of life
  • aesthetics, design and media


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