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WEEKLY EMAIL: SEPTEMBER 22, 2011


IDEO Innovators in Residence

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JULIE LASKY

IDEO Innovators in Residence

IDEO.org unveils its first class of fellows.
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THE EDITORS

10 Things Acumen Fund Has Learned About Tackling Global Poverty

A new website, with a clear framing of principles, marks the organization's first decade.
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PHOTO BY IAIN MCKELL

The New Gypsies

Painted caravan, from The New Gypsies (Prestel USA, 2011)
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RACHEL SIGNER

Don't Flush Me

Leif Percifield, a graduate student at Parsons, who describes himself as a “Hacker, Interactive Developer, and Geek,” hopes to install a prototype of a sensor that will allow New York City sewers to “talk back” to residents.
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JOHN THACKARA

Iceland: Eaten Alive, or Growing to Live?

"Who needs oil when you have rain?" The ad for Landsvirkjun, Iceland's national energy company, dominates this month's Icelandair magazine. The message is not disguised: Iceland is blessed with massive amounts of clean energy. The true picture on the ground, sad to say, is murkier.
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THE EDITORS

Yves BĂ©har Wins Second INDEX Award

In the world of philanthropic prizes for social design, lightning does strike twice. Yves Béhar, founder of the San Francisco design company Fuseproject, has won the prestigious INDEX award in the “Body” category for a program launched in Mexico to test and correct children’s vision.

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PHIL PATTON

The Green Dashboard

Many features of a car reveal personality as much as performance. The instrument panel used to tell many tales — of water temperature and oil pressure, amps and volts, revolutions per minute and pounds per square inch.

Now, energy-efficient technology under the hood is augmenting the instrument panel’s design.
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Climate Change Chocolate

While environmentalists debate the ethics and effectiveness of carbon offsets, designers work to make them appealing.
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A Better World by Design

The Better World by Design Conference is a three-day internationally acclaimed event at Brown & RISD campuses in Providence, RI, that connects students, professionals and individuals from a variety of disciplines in order to build a global community of socially conscious and passionate innovators.

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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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