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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 07, 2011


Coffee Common

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARIA POPOVA

Coffee Common

A new coalition of coffee roasters and farmers affiliated with Alex Bogusky's COMMON project aims to fight the beverage's legacy of commodification.
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RAMSEY FORD

Design Impact Fellowship Program

We believe that a design isn’t finished until someone is using it: which is why we stay with our partners through implementation.
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THE EDITORS

Design for the Real World Redux

New prize for a concept, prototype or product “that upholds Papanek’s vision of environmental and/or social responsibility.”

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FROM OUR SPONSORS

Come see what the students at SVA are doing. Join us in NYC at the SVA theatre on April 20, for Ideopolis, class of 2011. Also come check out OPEN IxD, the MFA Interaction Design Festival.
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Being sustainable has never been so profitable. See how the country's most innovative companies are improving their bottom line by staying the course on sustainability. Look into Sappi's paper mills that are setting a new standard for environmental responsibility.
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PHIL PATTON

On the Shoulders of Rebels

What if someone invented a device that did good as efficiently as the RPG does harm?
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JOHN THACKARA

Does Bilbao Need Another Guggenheim?

The use of fancy architecture to boost economic development has diminishing returns and is increasingly quaint. Now there are better ways.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

Project

Rock Girl Benches

Rock Girl in Cape Town offers real and symbolic safe places for girls and women.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: APRIL 16, 2011

The Unite For Sight Global Health & Innovation 2011 Conference

The must-attend, thought-leading conference that convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Social innovation sessions by the CEOs and Leaders of Ashoka, Acumen Fund, Endeavor, City Light Capital, IDEO, Water.org, Save The Children, and many others.

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RECENT BOOKS RECEIVED

Design Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things MeanDesign Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean
Roberto Verganti

Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business ModelGetting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model
John Mullins & Randy Komisar

A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of BusinessA Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business
Hartmut Esslinger

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