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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 28, 2011


Ten Ways to Redesign Design Competitions

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JOHN THACKARA

Ten Ways to Redesign Design Competitions

Design and sustainability challenges can stimulate fresh thinking on intractable problems. They can pose new questions, explore new solutions and start new conversations. They can bring positive energy to bear on situations that are otherwise bogged down in endless talk.

Can — but for the most part, don't.
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LAURA WEISS

What We Can Learn from Project Runway

I view Project Runway as the literal classroom that it is, mainly because each episode provides rich professional practice lessons for designers. Season number nine premieres this evening, and I cannot wait to see the latest batch of creative projects dreamed up by the producers and the corresponding interpersonal challenges they spawn.
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PHOTO BY JASON ORTON

London 2012

Northern Parklands, Olympic Park (2011)
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JEAN W. ROSENTHAL

Project Masiluleke: Texting and Testing to Fight HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Summary of design process that resulted in an innovative technology-based approach to curtailing HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
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JANE MARGOLIES

My Block NYC

What if you could explore the Big Apple block by block — all 90,000 of them — through captivating videos filmed right on site? That’s the idea behind a new video-mapping website that invites residents, tourists and videographers to upload clips they’ve taken on the streets of New York to an interactive online map of the city — and lets the rest of us get in on the action.
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NADINE BOTHA

Wheel Simple: Velokhaya Clubhouse

A suburb of Cape Town, Khayelitsha is the largest and fastest-growing semi-formal township in South Africa. Home to more than half a million residents, it offers few lifelines out of an endless sea of single-story corrugated iron shacks. The Velokhaya community road cycling and BMX hub is one of them.
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DANIELLA ZALCMAN

South Sudan: Birth of a Republic

Daniella Zalcman spent two weeks in Juba documenting the birth of The Republic of South Sudan, which officially became a country on July 9th. Her images capture the newly appointed capital city and its people, who have finally been granted political independence after decades of civil war.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Yoza

Yoza stories are directed to African youth who are book-poor yet mobile-rich.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

Business Innovation Factory

Philanthropic and independent organization, founded in 2004, which emphasizes implementation of new ideas, especially in the spheres of healthcare, education and energy. BIF also maintains an Innovation Story Studio with digital material from its creative community.

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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
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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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