11.12.13: Paul Polak and Mal Warwick
How to Solve India’s Poverty Crisis
A new look at how to end poverty in India.
Review of Design with the Other 90%: Cities
10.27.11: Courtney Drake & Deirdre Cerminaro with William Drenttel
Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography
This bibiography surveys the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation.
Media Design Matters
Art Center offers a new graduate track in social design that combines communications and technologies strategies with field work.
Expert Thinking About Global Aid
Suggestions for a crash course in development economics for social designers
Sleeping with the Fishes
Review of "Waltzing with Brando," an account of the actor's effort to inhabit and protect a Tahitian atoll.
Design Impact Fellowship Program
Announcement of Design Impact Fellowship Program in India.
Does Bilbao Need Another Guggenheim?
Ideas for remaking Basque country that go far beyond fancy architecture.
Bushpunk and the Future of Africa
Why Maker Faire Africa is a model for economic development
The Meek Shall Inherit the Market
Phil Patton writes in praise of frugal engineering, and not just for developing markets.
Tinkers, Hackers, Farmers, Crafters
Interview with Emeka Okafor, founder of Maker Faire Africa.
The Language of Design Imperialism
Essay on the flawed language used to describe humanitarian design efforts and what it indicates.
Humanitarian Design vs. Design Imperialism: Debate Summary
Bruce Nussbaum started a firestorm with the question "Is humanitarian design the new imperialism?" — and the conversation has spread through the blogosphere. Here, a digest of essays and related posts on this subject.
In Defense of Design Imperialism
Weighing in on a controversy, frog design's Robert Fabricant supports global design interventions.
Interview with design educator Halldór Gíslason about his work in Mozambique.
Aspen Design Summit Report: UNICEF Menstruation Challenge
At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the UNICEF Menstruation Challenge Project proposed an “eco-system” whereby sanitary pads became a linchpin for local economic growth, for educational programs about health and hygiene and for research into materials that could be adapted to other countries.
Report on the city officials who turned around a notorious drugs-and-murder capital, winning the 2009 Curry Stone Design Prize for Transformative Public Works.
09.09.09: William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
The Doers Club
Design prodigy William Kamkwamba recalls building a windmill to generate electricity for his village in Malawi, Africa.