Proposal Submission Guidelines

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Submit Your Proposal

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Living Product Expo 2018

Call for Proposals

The Living Product Challenge re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. The creation of this program kicked off a groundbreaking new event that brought together leading minds in the regeneration design and manufacturing industry to inspire a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered: the Living Product Expo.

At the first event in 2015, sustainability directors from the world’s leading design firms, prominent manufacturers and sustainability consultants learned about and shared game-changing innovations in product design. In 2016, we moved from inspiration to action. In 2017, we showcased that healthy products are for everyone.

At Living Product Expo 2018 we want participants to share and discover disruptive new ideas and technologies that are reshaping their materials landscape, accelerating the pace of innovation and making Living Products possible today. Join us by submitting your session to our 2018 Call for Proposals!

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February 9, 2018 (Friday) Call for proposals opens
March 8, 2018 (Thursday) Deadline to submit proposals (by 11:59 PST)
March 2018 Proposals are reviewed
April 2018 Accepted session notifications sent
May 31, 2018 (Thursday) Full conference pass registration due (*registration is required)
September 11 - 13, 2018 Living Product Expo 2018

*In appreciation for their contribution to the conference, accepted speakers will be eligible to register for a Conference Pass at the discounted speaker rate of $450 (registration is required).

All session proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates qualified and engaging presenters with topic-relevant experience, as demonstrated by presenter bios and speaking experience.
  • Facilitation or presentation pedagogy that is innovative, transformative and fresh.
  • Offers a deep understanding of timely and significant content.
  • Demonstrates how to solve problems rather than shift them.
  • The learning objectives are clear, relevant, and challenging for a deep-green audience.
  • Session is designed to engage attendees and foster communication and conversation and ACTION.
  • Sessions must be at minimum 1/3 presentation and 1/3 interactive.

Our events offer learning environments that foster peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and innovation. You are encouraged to submit interactive, creative, and/or experiential session formats that address problems and foster dialogue between yourself and attendees. Attendees are leaders in the green building movement, sustainable manufacturing industry, interior design space, and more. We feel that the strength of our conferences lies in the sharing of knowledge and experience—not just by you, but also the attendees.

Design your session to run for 90 minutes. In some cases we will ask you to refine or expand your session to 60 – 120 minutes based on space and time configurations. There is a minimum of two Presenters (a Moderator is optional), and maximum of four (4) speakers total (Presenters + Moderators combined).


(15 words max) This is the first point of contact with an attendee, and often the basis of their attendance. Be sure to create a title that accurately describes your session content and builds excitement.


(100 words max) Session abstracts or descriptions should discuss the goal of the session, the target audience, and any prerequisite knowledge. This description appears in the conference programs.


100 – Awareness: Provides general information and understanding on the topic. They transfer new knowledge without substantial action outcomes for the learner. Objectives may be to understand, describe, define, or recognize new information. Our conferences are an advanced educational opportunity. Unless it introduces a new idea, proposals at the 100 level will not be considered.

200 – Understanding/Comprehension: Offers more in-depth material or explanation by the instructor and the opportunity for the participant to interact with the material and be engaged in using the information in practical applications. Objections may be to analyze, assess, select, or compare new information.

300 – Application/Implementation: Requires the learner to be able to complete a definitive action for the course. Allows for an opportunity to gain new knowledge and practice its application on their own. Objectives may be to implement, design, produce or create a tangible product or action.

400 – Mastery: Intended for learners with prior knowledge or experience with the course topic. Includes training on specific technical topics. Objectives may be to appraise, construct, calculate, develop or validate.


Although your topic may cross many disciplines, please choose the below track topic that best fits your session. The Call for Proposals Review Team will make the final decision on track placement.

Green Chemistry + Health

This track will focus on how designers, manufacturers, and architects are leveraging transparency tools and green chemistry innovation to drive industry-wide transformation in healthy materials. It will analyze the barriers to achieving the LBC Materials Petal and offer concrete solutions from pioneering projects teams while identifying opportunities for manufacturing innovation. We will analyze a growing movement towards transparency and toxic chemical avoidance that is remaking the design and selection of materials.

Biomimicry + Biophilic Design

What can 3.8 billion years of evolution teach us about manufacturing and design? It is increasingly clear that we cannot sustain our modern high energy and toxic “heat, beat, and treat” production methods. Instead, shouldn’t we be studying how nature makes things? Biomimicry and Biophilia are powerful strategies transforming how we design products and buildings, and innovative practitioners are using these tools to reshape industries in order to align with natural systems. We will explore case studies of Biomimicry while delving into the philosophy and practice of Biophilic design.

Net Positive Products + Enterprise

An opportunity for designers, manufacturers, and sustainability professionals to showcase inspiring examples of companies and others who are blazing the wide-open trail of product and enterprise Net Positive Sustainability.  We will learn what inspired these pioneers, what they are learning, and what are the obstacles, enablers, costs, and rewards of taking the ultimate sustainability challenge: to produce products and run organizations which give more than they take in relation to both people and planet.

Social Equity + Supply Chains

This track will focus on the growing emphasis to improve transparency in products, business, and human resource management practices. It will showcase leading companies that are revolutionizing equitable access to important human needs and those companies re-inventing supply chains to improve human health and safety. Further, this track will explore innovative affordable housing developers and non-profit organization that is ensuring a healthy materials economy works for all economic classes.

Key topics to keep in mind while you are contemplating the direction of your session:

Maker Movement; Rapid Prototyping; Distributed Manufacturing; Social Entrepreneurship; 3-D Printing; Bio-Based Plastics and Feedstocks; Natural Building; Open Data & Transparency; Scaling Up; Disruptive Innovation; Green Chemistry; Regenerative Business Models; Life Cycle Analysis and Handprinting; Biomimicry; Material Health; Public Health & Design; Social Justice and Equity; Affordable Housing


(500-700 words) Describe how you will engage your audience and facilitate learning through activity and engagement. How does it connect to chosen “topic” as well as the theme “Healthy Products for Everyone”?

  • A brief introductory element (read “lecture”) may be necessary, but your interactive session could include a simple explanation followed by a guided exercise.
  • Include strategies that you will use to make this session interactive. Digital handouts and/or slides that provide employable solutions for practitioners are strongly encouraged.
  • Include agendas; if multiple speakers are involved, including the sub-topics.
  • Provide discreet goals for individual/group discussion or activity. How and when you will moderate or lecture and how participants will engage with others in the room.


Identify a minimum of four (4) active learning objectives or takeaways. Participants should leave these sessions with new tools and perspectives that will provide them with a clear understanding of how to use what they have learned.


  • Role (i.e., presenter, moderator or facilitator).
  • First and last name, job title, contact information (including city, state; email address and phone number), company/organization;
  • Biography (100 words max, appears on conference program), headshot (if available);

Minimum of three speaking experiences and/or past presentation links for each individual.

The proposal must be completed in one sitting (you cannot save and return to your online form), so please be prepared with all answers prior to starting. Proposals must be prepared in accordance with the submittal requirements, and once submitted a proposal cannot be retroactively edited.


PROPOSALS DUE: Thursday, March 8, 2018

All proposals must be complete, comprehensive, and deemed timely to the audience. The Institute may alter a presentation, increase and/or reduce the number of presenters, select alternate presenters from among those proposed, and/or combine the submitted presentation with other proposed presentations, at its sole discretion. All participants will be contacted independently to confirm their submittal.

During the electronic submittal process, all presenters / moderators / facilitators will be asked to affirm that they understand and will abide by the below policies. Submittals that do not follow the below policies will not be considered.

  • Priority is given to panels that represent the diverse male, female, and ethnic representation. To facilitate this, our goal to have at least 51% female representation among our speakers and presenters and to support ethnic and racial diversity and inclusiveness in our program.
  • Submissions must include speakers who have agreed and accepted the requirements stated in the Call for Submissions. Proposed speakers must acknowledge their availability to present at the conference overall dates and times between September 11 – 13, 2018 prior to the submission of their proposal. Speakers who are not available over all conference dates and times will not be considered. 
  • Speakers who subsequently are unable to attend the conference must notify the Institute’s staff in writing as soon as possible to Replacements must be approved by the Institute who reserves the right to modify or cancel any session based on a change in presenters / moderators / facilitators.
  • If a presenter’s / moderator’s / facilitator’s professional affiliation changes, the Institute’s staff must be notified immediately. The Institute reserves the right to change or remove presenters / moderators / facilitators based on a change of professional affiliation.
  • The Institute may modify any submitted session by adding or removing speakers or requesting content changes or additions.
  • No sessions based on an advertisement or product will be accepted into the program.
  • In an effort to be a paperless conference, the distribution of handouts during the session is discouraged, but practical, work-enhancing digital handouts are strongly encouraged.
  • In appreciation for their contribution to the success of the conference, accepted speakers will be eligible to register for a Conference Pass at the discounted speaker rate of $450. Registration is required for all speakers, and discount codes will be provided upon acceptance.

Exceptions to these policies may be made at the discretion of the Institute.  Please contact us at with questions about policies.


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The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing a global transformation toward a restorative civilization. Its mission is to lead and support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. The Institute is a hub for visionary programs and NGOs, including the Living Building Challenge, Cascadia Green Building Council and Declare®.