Ocean Friendly Design Forum
Through an adventurous exploration of the challenge, collaborative development and implementation of design solutions the Ocean Friendly Design Forum raises awareness, shifts perspectives and challenges the current design thinking and practical production of materials and products that commonly end up in the ocean.
Fully documented inshore fisheries
Profitable and sustainable inshore fisheries and marine habitats can best be achieved by local, dynamic, seasonal and spatial management of fisheries and conservation areas. To deliver this we need systems to monitor and manage fishing activities.
Secured the world’s largest marine reserve and developed innovative technology to enhance protection of vast areas of Ocean
Skippered the Plastiki, a campaign on ocean plastic reached millions of people
Support global businesses to identify and reduce their impact on the Ocean
Media and keynote spokesperson drawing on experiences from Ocean expeditions to champion our intrinsic connection to the seas
Published scientific papers to support the management of marine protected areas
Designed England’s first scallop ranch to improve livelihoods while reducing environmental impact
Journeyed through the Indian and Bangladeshi Sundarbans to research life on the front lines of climate change
Influenced UK Government policy to ensure all children learn about Ocean related topics in school
Developed vertical garden as a solution for coastal people living with increasing salinity. Tested the garden during Pacific crossing
Supported 500 young India’s to learn about social entrepreneurship while circumnavigate their country by train
Sea Champion with over 10 years experience spearheading global marine programmes through identifying critical marine issues, aligning senior experts, generating income and, engineering solutions to reduce human impact on the sea. Transforms big visions into innovative, practical and deliverable strategies. Diverse skills in leading resilient teams and creating policies including navigating South Georgia, inventing fisheries conservation strategies and reducing plastic pollution.
Jo spent over a decade in her first career clocking up around a hundred thousand sea miles as a sponsored ocean racing and expedition skipper. Witnessing first-hand the build-up of plastic on the world’s most remote beaches, such as those in the Antarctic, fuelled her to move ashore to deliver solutions towards maintaining productive oceans.
Designer for circularity and co-founder Ocean Friendly Design Forum
Sophie has been working in the fields of ethical and sustainable design, behaviour change and material processes through her design agency, Thomas.Matthews for twenty years. Sophie has assisted global businesses and UK government organisations to define the role of designers within discussions around waste streams, resource efficiency and circular economies, and has worked with major organisations including Proctor and Gamble, Howies and Samsung on new models for circular business, internal communication of sustainable systems and external sustainability campaigns.
Vicky is a producer, working across the arts and media. She was Project Director of Cape Farewell during their founding years from 2005-09 and since then has specialised in producing work which has an ecological focus. She enjoys working with a wide range of artists and collaborators to create work which nudges at change. Clients include the Eden Project, Southbank Centre, Siobhan Davies Dance, Forma, BBC and the Open University.