Presence and Encounter — How We Meet Is As Important As Why
I’m not suggesting that we abandon social media — just that we cultivate a hybrid approach so whenever someone says “online” someone else says, “and what about offline?”. Or when we find ourselves inside, someone else says: “and when do we go outside?”
The Trifecta of Feedback
The value of feedback and a proposal for the best ways to receive it.
Dementia: Care Before Cure
The downside of declaring war on a disease like dementia is to diminish social solidarity. But there are solutions.
Speed? What Speed? The Belly-Dance Drummer, by Matthias Rieger
Matthias Rieger with some remarks about speed from a belly-dance drummer’s point of view.
Between Sorrel And Supertanker
John Thackara reviews the recent Doors of Perception xskool.
Gendered Arrangements: India
Girls are considered a burden in Indian society, the issue is popularly known as the “missing girls” phenomenon.
Cycle Commerce As An Ecosystem
John Thackara reviews new products, services and ingredients needed to help a cycle commerce ecosystem flourish in India’s cities, towns and villages.
The SunWater Project: Advanced Solar Technology for Poor Farmers
Paul Polak on SunWater: a radically affordable solar water pump that will transform small plot agriculture and help bring the world's poorest families out of poverty.
Designing Design into Society
A report on the Design Ethos 2012 DO-ference.
Flies in Urinals: The Value of Design Disruptions
How a disruption in routine (potentially by design) can alter the environment.
Designing for Social Change
Designing for Social Change
is a toolkit of strategies, case studies, and stories, offering new opportunities for approaching social design in our communities.
09.16.11: Photo by Iain McKell
The New Gypsies
Photographer Iain McKell documents England's romantic travelers
DART St. Louis
On DART St. Louis, a charitable photo project that brings overlooked neighborhoods to life.
How to Start a Movement
Interview with movement entrepreneur Jeremy Heimans, founder of Purpose.com.
A Voice for LGBTQ in the Middle East
Interview with Esra'a Al Shafei, founder of Ahwaa, a portal for LGBTQ issues in the Middle East
Community Hero: Queens Museum of Art
Queens Museum of Art, a model for community service, breaks ground on new addition.
A streamlined approach to dismantling and recycling buildings.
Africa: Where Events Are King
John Thackara interviews Mugendi M’Rithaa.
DesigNYC, Round 2
Report on second round of pro bono design initiatives fostered by DesigNYC.
Report on a visionary residential complex for aging gay boomers.
Give a Minute
Report on Local Projects' Give a Minute initiative to improve urban life.
Helping People Help Their Narratives
Interview with Andrew McGregor, founder of The Tiziano Project
Out of Sight: Qatari Workers' Housing
Constantin Boym reports on efforts to improve the living conditions of Qatar's migrant workers.
Solo Kota Kita
Report on a design-oriented sysem for providing information about community resources in Indonesia as an aid for budgeting.
Aspen Design Summit: Update 09.25.10
Dateline Aspen. An on-going report on progress on the six projects developed at the Aspen Design Summit in November 2009.
Degrees of Temporary
Interview with Claudia Zanfi, co-founder of the cultural organization aMAZElab in Milan.
Renewing the Riverfront
Report on an exhibition showcasing efforts to revitalize a derelict patch of Brattleboro, Vermont.
09.02.10: Photo by Teun Voeten
Hell Under Wheels
Photo from Teun Voeten's newly reissued book on New York's Tunnel People.
Somali Documentary Project
Report on the Somali Documentary Project.
08.05.10: Photo by Greg Constantine
Nubians Then and Now
Image of Nubian homes in the Kibera area of Nairobi by Greg Constantine.
"But Teacher! That’s Not Design!"
Interview with Portuguese communication designer Barbara Alves about teaching in Mozambique.
Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson
New Visions of Home
Report on new housing models for the elderly.
Report on Es Tiempo, a campaign designed to encourage Hispanic women in Southern California to seek annual screenings for cervical cancer.
The Volunteer Design Chronicles (Lincoln, NE)
Community-focused pro-bono design activities in Lincoln, Nebraska.
DesigNYC is the latest grass-roots organization to match socially minded designers with nonprofits.
Chicago Welcomes You
On designing a resettlement process for Burmese immigrants in Chicago.
Aspen Design Summit Report: Sustainable Food and Childhood Obesity
At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Sustainable Food Project focused on accelerating the shift from a global, abstract food system to a regional, real food system via a robust portfolio of activities — including a grand challenge and a series of youth-engagement programs.
Aspen Design Summit Report: CDC and Healthy Aging
At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the CDC Healthy Aging Project began with the initial premise to enhance the ability of public health entities to determine whether adults 50 and over have received recommended preventive health services. The Project developed a “5 over 50” concept and brand name, and a new goal: to double the current number of people who are “up to date” with these preventive measures.
Aspen Design Summit Report: Hale County Rural Poverty Project
At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Hale County Rural Poverty Project conceived of a socio-economic model of resource allocation through an online platform for accelerated regional development in the Black Belt counties of rural Alabama.
Aspen Design Summit: Initial Report
Initial report on the 2009 Aspen Design Summit, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute.
Report on the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability project's latest home at New York's New School.
John Thackara Answers Your Questions
John Thackara answers questions from the readers of DESIGN 21.
WeCommune offers a technology platform for people who want to share resources and build community within particular subcultures.
Report on Project M at Winterhouse's Pizza Farm event in rural Connecticut in August 2009.
Get Out of Your Tents!
In an interview with OK Do, John Thackara urges us to do real things in the real world.
Doctors with iPhones
The neighborhood doctor is back — and this time, he has an iPhone.
Design for (Im)mobility: Interview with Domus
John Thackera defines and explains the importance of ethnoecology.