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This page offers regularly updated lists of organizations, opportunities, and events related to social change. Click on the following categories for more information.



Upcoming Conferences


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Academic Programs


Designmatters
Educational program founded in 2001 at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, to advance the discussion of design education’s role in today’s world. Focuses on global health care, public policy, social entrepreneurship and sustainable human development. Manages three to five major projects per term across multiple disciplines.

Austin Center for Design
Austin Center for Design exists to transform society through design and design education. This transformation occurs through the development of design knowledge directed towards all forms of social and humanitarian problems. The Center offers an innovative curriculum that repositions creative design education in the context of designing for the public sector.

BaSiC Initiative
"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."

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Competitions


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.

Re:Vision
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.

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Fellowships & Prizes


The John P. McNulty Prize
The John P. McNulty Prize seeks to inspire young people from around the world to make a real difference in their communities by recognizing the very best in high-impact leadership. The Prize recognizes the best of the exceptional leadership projects undertaken by the Fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The winner of the Prize will receive a $100,000 award to further his or her leadership project.

The Secretary's Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls
The Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls seeks to find and bring to scale the most pioneering approaches to the political, economic and social empowerment of women and girls around the globe. Founded on the premise that the major economic, security, governance and environmental challenges of our time cannot be solved without the full participation of women at all levels of society, this award supports the Department of State’s commitment to the advancement of women globally.

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  
exchanges.

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.


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Organizations


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 Seed Enterprise Creation Lab
Organization founded out of Auburn University's industrial design department to improve the social conditions of Alabama’s poverty-stricken Black Belt, a region of a dozen counties named for the rich soil. The lab employs design thinking and aggressive business practices to develop local manufacturing enterprises with the potential to create hundreds of jobs.

Acumen Fund
The Acumen Fund is a global charitable venture fund that contributes to the eradication of poverty by investing in enterprises that stimulate economies in poor areas. Focus is on supplying market-based critical services, such as health care, energy, housing and water.

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Programs & Initiatives


The Governors' Institute on Community Design
Modeled on the Mayors' Institute on City Design, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Governors' Institute on Community Design was created in 2005 as an advisory resource for state leaders to guide development in their states. Runs targeted one- or two-day workshops.

Kickstarter
"Kickstarter is a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors and explorers."

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."

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Publications & Websites


Inhabitat
New York City designer Jill Fehrenbacher founded this weblog in 2005 to present new materials, technologies and practices that are making architecture and home design more sustainable.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
"Strategies, tools and ideas for nonprofits, foundations and socially responsible businesses"

Next Billion
"Website and blog bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise....Our goal is to highlight the development and implementation of business strategies that open opportunities and improve the lives of the world's approximately 4 billion low-income producers and consumers."

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Social Networks


BOP Source
"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."

Design 21
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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