Tom Snow (1978-2022) was a systemic designer, researcher and educator who was committed to finding elegant, multi-disciplinary solutions to the most pressing problem of our generation – the destruction of our planet and our rights.
In 2015 Tom founded agence designContext EURL, a regenerative systemic design collective, because he believed that designers have, in his own words, “a wide array of potential strategies and methods at their disposal to support the regeneration of our planet.”
The changing physical and political landscape of the world and Tom’s personal journey of discovery drew him to the cause of eco-sustainability, with interests that included the blue economy, agroecology, permaculture, biology, history, regenerative design, and holistic and critical thinking. Over time, Tom put his skills, knowledge, learning, and methodological development into a regenerative systemic design proposal for our planet, which formed the basis of his work and the underlying rationale for this collective.
Tom had 20 years of experience, working in a range of industries at various scales and in different countries as a consultant, technical industrial designer and project manager. His work at designContext included supporting development, production design and remanufacturing projects across Europe; helping to raise capital for a citizen science start-up in Bilbao; and developing and teaching a series of courses in Corporate Social Responsibility and Circular Economy for business school students.
Tom respected life in every form and put it at the centre of his works and aims. His research and methodologies are focused on mindful holistic design for thoughtful decision-making based on a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, life and living systems. His purpose was to facilitate a broader vision that would enable humans to live, create and produce in harmony with the processes of life in all its forms and expressions. In Tom’s words:
“we need our institutions … to be congruent with living systems—including the ‘rules’, such as how value is distributed, how we organise ownership and ourselves into collaborative groups and how we practice ‘ecocentric’ (earth-centred) values and systems of power.”
Tom was a dear friend, colleague, son, brother and uncle. He was kind, thoughtful, enthusiastic and empathetic with a gift for helping people empower themselves to find their own answers according to their needs, capacities and essence. His smile and laughter lit up the room. And he had wisdom and integrity, values in short supply in our world, and much treasured by those who knew and loved him.
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