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05.07.14: John Thackara

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?”
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12.19.13: Liz Gerber

The Trifecta of Feedback
The value of feedback and a proposal for the best ways to receive it.
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12.12.13: John Thackara

Dementia: Care Before Cure
The downside of declaring war on a disease like dementia is to diminish social solidarity. But there are solutions.
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09.06.13: John Thackara

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.
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08.22.13: John Thackara

Between Sorrel And Supertanker
John Thackara reviews the recent Doors of Perception xskool.
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07.16.13: Manisha Sharma

Gendered Arrangements: India
Girls are considered a burden in Indian society, the issue is popularly known as the “missing girls” phenomenon.
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05.21.13: John Thackara

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.
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05.16.13: Paul Polak

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.
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09.11.12: Scott Boylston

Designing Design into Society
A report on the Design Ethos 2012 DO-ference.
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05.01.12: Andrew Shea

Flies in Urinals: The Value of Design Disruptions
How a disruption in routine (potentially by design) can alter the environment.
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03.20.12: William Drenttel

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.
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09.16.11: Photo by Iain McKell

The New Gypsies
Photographer Iain McKell documents England's romantic travelers
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06.24.11: John Foster

DART St. Louis
On DART St. Louis, a charitable photo project that brings overlooked neighborhoods to life.
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06.13.11: Jane Margolies

How to Start a Movement
Interview with movement entrepreneur Jeremy Heimans, founder of Purpose.com.
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06.01.11: Maria Popova

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
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05.03.11: Gavin Browning

Community Hero: Queens Museum of Art
Queens Museum of Art, a model for community service, breaks ground on new addition.
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02.28.11: Maria Popova

D-Build
A streamlined approach to dismantling and recycling buildings.
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02.20.11: John Thackara

Africa: Where Events Are King
John Thackara interviews Mugendi M’Rithaa.
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02.18.11: Julie Lasky

DesigNYC, Round 2
Report on second round of pro bono design initiatives fostered by DesigNYC.
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02.11.11: Ernest Beck

BOOM
Report on a visionary residential complex for aging gay boomers.
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01.31.11: Jonathan Schultz

Give a Minute
Report on Local Projects' Give a Minute initiative to improve urban life.
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01.24.11: Maria Popova

The Age of Coworking: Collaborative Consumption for the Creative Community
Report on the new (golden) age of coworking.
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12.20.10: Maria Popova

Helping People Help Their Narratives
Interview with Andrew McGregor, founder of The Tiziano Project
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12.14.10: Constantin Boym

Out of Sight: Qatari Workers' Housing
Constantin Boym reports on efforts to improve the living conditions of Qatar's migrant workers.
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10.28.10: Jonathan Schultz

Solo Kota Kita
Report on a design-oriented sysem for providing information about community resources in Indonesia as an aid for budgeting.
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09.25.10: Aspen Editors

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.
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09.22.10: Jade Dressler

Degrees of Temporary
Interview with Claudia Zanfi, co-founder of the cultural organization aMAZElab in Milan.
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09.20.10: Jane Margolies

Renewing the Riverfront

Report on an exhibition showcasing efforts to revitalize a derelict patch of Brattleboro, Vermont.
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09.02.10: Photo by Teun Voeten

Hell Under Wheels
Photo from Teun Voeten's newly reissued book on New York's Tunnel People.
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08.25.10: William Underhill

Somali Documentary Project
Report on the Somali Documentary Project.
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08.05.10: Photo by Greg Constantine

Nubians Then and Now
Image of Nubian homes in the Kibera area of Nairobi by Greg Constantine.
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07.08.10: Vera Sacchetti

"But Teacher! That’s Not Design!"
Interview with Portuguese communication designer Barbara Alves about teaching in Mozambique.
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06.30.10: Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson

New Visions of Home
Report on new housing models for the elderly.
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03.22.10: Ernest Beck

Es Tiempo
Report on Es Tiempo, a campaign designed to encourage Hispanic women in Southern California to seek annual screenings for cervical cancer.
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02.22.10: Justin Kemerling

The Volunteer Design Chronicles (Lincoln, NE)
Community-focused pro-bono design activities in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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02.01.10: Julie Lasky

DesigNYC
DesigNYC is the latest grass-roots organization to match socially minded designers with nonprofits.
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12.03.09: Jennifer Ehrenberg

Chicago Welcomes You
On designing a resettlement process for Burmese immigrants in Chicago.
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11.24.09: Aspen Editors

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.
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11.23.09: Aspen Editors

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.
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11.23.09: Aspen Editors

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.
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11.20.09: Aspen Editors

Aspen Design Summit: Initial Report
Initial report on the 2009 Aspen Design Summit, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute.
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11.16.09: Jonathan Schultz

DESIS
Report on the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability project's latest home at New York's New School.
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09.23.09: John Thackara

John Thackara Answers Your Questions
John Thackara answers questions from the readers of DESIGN 21.
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09.03.09: Allison Arieff

WeCommune
WeCommune offers a technology platform for people who want to share resources and build community within particular subcultures.
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09.02.09: Julie Lasky

Pizza Farm
Report on Project M at Winterhouse's Pizza Farm event in rural Connecticut in August 2009.
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08.17.09: John Thackara

Get Out of Your Tents!
In an interview with OK Do, John Thackara urges us to do real things in the real world.
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05.08.09: John Thackara

Doctors with iPhones
The neighborhood doctor is back — and this time, he has an iPhone.
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07.15.07: John Thackara

Design for (Im)mobility: Interview with Domus
John Thackera defines and explains the importance of ethnoecology.
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