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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 25, 2010


Blue Star

FEATURED THIS WEEK : WILLIAM UNDERHILL

Blue Star

Every year jaundice afflicts 23 million newborn babies, 90 per cent of them in the developing world. Without prompt medical attention it may cause brain damage or death. Yet the most effective treatment — simply shining high-intensity light on a baby's skin — is rarely available outside Western hospitals.
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ERNEST BECK

Teach For All

Reforming education is a daunting challenge in any country. Just witness the continuing debate in the U.S. among supporters and critics of the controversial No Child Left Behind initiative. Now expand that discussion to a global scale, taking in the entrenched education systems, attitudes and bureaucracies that compete for control in each country, and the hurdles facing educational reform grow exponentially.
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KRISTA DONALDSON

The Real Cost of Free

Despite the number of social enterprises and non-profits that design products to help poor people, not enough of these products stick — in the sense that they are bought, used to potential, and repaired indefinitely until something better comes along. The danger is that free or heavily subsidized consumer products allow for bad design.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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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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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: JULY 07, 2010

2010 International Design Development Summit (IDDS)

IDDS 2010 will be somewhat different from previous years — whereas past summits focused on creating prototypes, this summit will focus on turning these prototypes into products and getting them into the hands of people who can use them. It is the goal of IDDS 2010 to guide project teams through the process of becoming viable ventures with business plans to disseminate their innovations at scale. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the many challenges of entrepreneurship and technology dissemination for developing markets with a diverse group of people from around the globe.

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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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