"The BaSiC Initiative is a collaboration of faculty and students from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture. We support community partnerships through: housing solutions for Native Americans, housing and community services for migrant farm workers, schools and health clinics in central Mexico, etc. Each program draws upon the unique relationship of communities to their environment, finding solutions that embrace appropriate technologies while reinforcing local values to spur self-initiated development."
Studio H is a one-year high school program for the Bertie County School District in rural North Carolina that combines design thinking, vocational trade skills training, and community citizenship to equip low-opportunity teenagers with critical creative problem solving skills for life. An innovative pedagogical approach, Studio H will empower struggling students through highly collaborative hands-on learning, engage educational capacities to the fullest, and provide a diverse skillset for the next generation to access broader job markets, improve their community and excel academically in the state’s poorest and most racially polarized county.
The Design High School
Learning to think like a designer gives the students the experience and skills they need for productive decision-making. At the Design High School, a free public charter school in LA, the concepts and practices of design will be used to deliver a rigorous and relevant college preparatory and career oriented curriculum.
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Initiative to create the prototype for an innovative, sustainable urban community. At the heart of the process is a series of contests generating visionary ideas for what can and should be done in the design of urban space.
INDEX Design Challenge : Design for Education
The INDEX: Design Challenge asks design and business students, as well as cross-disciplinary student teams, to develop design solutions for better education and education environments in developing regions.
The challenge centers around three sub-themes: Improved Education Facilities; Sanitation and Hygiene; and Gender Parity in Education. As well, the contest features an open challenge. Participants from all design disciplines are invited to enter the challenge.
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Fellowships & Prizes
PopTech Social Innovation Fellows
The PopTech Social Innovation Fellows program is designed to equip world-changing innovators with the tools, insights, visibility and social network that can help them scale their impacts to new heights. Each year, PopTech selects 10-20 high potential change agents from around the world who are working on highly disruptive innovations in areas like healthcare, energy, development, climate, education, and civic engagement, among many others.
Arteles Residency Program, Finland
It is an inspiring place to produce original work and collaborate with
other energetic and ambitious artists & creative professionals. We are
place that encourages experimentation and innovation - a place that
also gives voice to works that otherwise have nowhere else to be
produced or displayed.
There are lots of opportunities to connect with the locals and get
plugged into the contemporary art scene in Finland.
Besides fostering creativity, we also value partnering with
established institutions and influential figures to create a rich
network for artists to be embedded into. Our foreign collaborators
around the world value the selected group of Arteles artists and are
willing to offer working possibilities for fresh inspiring projects
and new creative people.
We see relationships with artists as ongoing and continue to work with
you even after you leave. We have new refurnished living and studio
spaces which are designed to support creative activities and social
You are also welcome to experience the extraordinary nature of
Hämeenkyrö Finland (European Union Landscape Award in 2009) where you
can soak in the fresh air, go for wandering walks in the deep forests,
swimming in the many lakes nearby, go skiing and skating at winter
time, do guided hiking and trekking trips in the nearby nature or have
daily relaxing in a traditional wood-fire sauna. And If you get lucky,
you can even get to know the fascinating and rich old culture of
Finland viewed through the Kalevala Epic, full of trolls, witches,
myths and its inherent ties with nature.
iida - Incheon International Design Award
“iida 2010”, a Korean sustainable design award, seeks fresh and new design proposals to be made by designers with green hearts, being aware of the environment. They welcome active participation of competent world designers to "iida 2010" with the goal of opening possibilities for sustainable life through design. Applicants can enter until August 25, 2010.
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Aid to Artisans
"We blend a passion for the deep-rooted cultures and handmade traditions of the developing world with a commitment to building profitable businesses. Environmentally sound practices are at the foundation of our methodology. We recognize that we can only bring lasting economic growth if we provide an integrated approach to product development, business skills training, market access and eco-effective processes."
Design Studio for Social Intervention
Boston-based "creativity lab for the non-profit sector" that unites urban designers, cultural architects, game designers, performance artists, and youth to translate design theory into large urban games, block parties, silkscreened T-shirts, political campaigns, and interactive spatial installations.
Nonprofit design studio founded by Bay Area designer Michael Osborne that works exclusively for charitable organizations, offering solutions that improve group identity and marketing materials.
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Programs & Initiatives
Based at the Interaction Research Studio in the department of design at Goldsmiths, University of London, Material Beliefs unites scientists, engineers, designers, social scientists and members of the public in an investigation of emerging biomedical and cybernetic technologies that blur the boundaries between materials and the body.
Design Ignites Change
A collaboration between Adobe Youth Voices and the New York-based Worldstudio, Design Ignites Change works with participating college, university and high school groups to encourage students to use design thinking to solve pressing social problems. Financial awards are given to students and initiatives "with the most powerful and provocative solutions."
The Foodprint Project
A collaboration between Nicola Twilley and Sarah Rich, The Foodprint Project is a contextual exploration of food. From the cartography of food supply chains to the molecular anatomy of flavor, from the migration of ethnic recipes to the future of urban agronomy, foodprints look beyond the plate to the social, political, artistic and economic forces that shape the way we eat.
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Publications & Websites
Organization for creating a new type of media (using PDFs, blogs and the web) to replace mainstream news, which its members view as hasty and often one-sided. The website posts manifestos with the general theme of optimism and social progress.
"RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science. All posts are signed by the author(s), except ‘group’ posts which are collective efforts from the whole team. This is a moderated forum."
Website that is "the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. . . . We strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions and product information."
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"Social network that closes the digital divide, bringing together the 4 billion people at the base of the economic pyramid (the 'BOP') with the companies and NGOs that want to hire them and design products and services for them."
UNESCO and the Japan-based company Felissimo are behind this network, which connects designers, businesses and nonprofits for the greater good and hosts competitions to create socially minded products and graphics.
Open Architecture Network
An online, open-source community founded by Architecture for Humanity
. Offers a place where designers can share ideas and projects and host or participate in competitions
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