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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.



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Academic Programs


Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability
Academic course hosted by the Stanford Institute of Design involving graduate students from all seven schools at Stanford University. Multidisciplinary student teams work to create innovations that lie at the intersection of business, technology and human values. The class is project-based, and all projects are done in close partnership with a variety of local and international organizations.

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.

Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship
Program at New York University for educating and inspiring a new generation of leaders in public service. A select group of undergraduate and graduate NYU students are chosen annually to learn cross-disciplinary skills for producing sustainable and scalable solutions to demanding social problems.

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Competitions


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.

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


Prince Claus Awards
Since 1997 the Prince Claus Awards are presented annually to artists, thinkers and cultural organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Principal Award of 100,000 euros is presented during a festive ceremony in Amsterdam in December every year. The additional awards of 25,000 euros each are presented at ceremonies in the Dutch embassies in the countries where the recipients live.

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.

TED Fellows Program
The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Fellows are drawn from many disciplines that reflect the diversity of TED's members: technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, the humanities, the arts, NGOs, business and more.

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Organizations


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.

Design In Kind
A collaborative network of designers who work with clients in resource-scarce areas to provide access to clean water, education and health care. Current projects include a test for HIV and STDs and a training program for reducing infant mortality in scores of African and Asian villages.

Skoll Foundation
Created in 1999 by eBay’s first president, Jeff Skoll, to promote his vision of a more peaceful and prosperous world. Advances systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs — individuals dedicated to pioneering new solutions that result in lasting improvements to complex social problems. Invests in social entrepreneurs through the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Connects them through Social Edge, an online community, and via the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

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Programs & Initiatives


Charlottesville Design Marathon
The Design Marathon is an annual event held at the Charlottesville Community Design Center (CCDC) involving teams of area designers who each provide 12 hours of pro-bono design services to ten deserving area non-profit organizations. Each creative team includes a student pursuing a design-related degree.

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."

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Publications & Websites


Groundswell
"Dedicated to critical cultural production at the intersection of art and activism. We cover artists from around the globe whose work explores and realizes social change. Our goal is to provide a narrative about these activist efforts while simultaneously participating in them."

Fitwits
Program combating childhood obesity by offering lessons, activities and games that teach children about healthy eating and living. Designed by Carnegie Mellon University School of Design and UPMC Saint Margaret Family Health Centers.

Ethical Metalsmiths Blog
"Ethical Metalsmiths is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to responsibly sourced metals and gemstones. The purpose of this blog is to provide our supporters with timely news updates and to provide a discussion forum around mining related current events."

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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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