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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


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.

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.

Studio H
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.

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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


TED Prize
The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, s/he unveils his/her wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.

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.


INDEX:awards
The INDEX:Award is the main driver of INDEX:'s mission to generate more Design to Improve Life of higher quality all over the world. The award receives nominations from all over the globe – and from these nominations, the INDEX: international jury selects the best as finalists, and the very best as winners of the biennial award, amounting to a total sum of 500,000 euros. Each of the five winners represents one of the INDEX:Award categories – Body, Home, Work, Play and Community – that together span the spectrum of human activity and are relevant and understandable to people all over the world.

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Organizations


All Day Buffet
An "incubator for social innovation" that hosts cross-disciplinary programs, often around meals. Its 2009 Feast Conference will take place in New York City on October 1.

Design Corps
Founded in 1991, this Raleigh, North Carolina-based organization uses the talents of recent architecture and planning graduates to provide improvements to low-income rural communities. Supports a program of Community Design Fellows.

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."

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Programs & Initiatives


Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation
Provides office space and advisory support for entrepreneurial students, alumni, and faculty at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Emphasizes links between social enterprise and the business of design. Since its founding in 2002, the incubator has launched six businesses.

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


The World Cup and CSR
A discussion on the intersection of the world’s most viewed sporting event (the FIFA World Cup), the opportunity and responsibility for trans-national corporations to support the continued growth of South Africa, the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR), and branding.

Trackernews.net
TrackerNews.net is an aggregator with a few twists. Its beat covers health issues, humanitarian work, technology that supports both and is broadly defined. "Health," for example, includes animal, plant and planetary health along with human health. Every humanitarian crisis, of course, has a health component and vice-versa. It is all of a piece. TrackerNews is about the mix and the match of news, research and innovation. It is a medium as well as a resource.

Global Voices Online
"Community of more than 200 bloggers around the world who work together to bring you translations and reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media."

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Social Networks


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

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.

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