Harnessing the Power of Surprise
Breakthroughs share three common characteristics: they challenge fundamental assumptions about existing products, services, business models, or organizations; they transform existing ways of doing business by rewriting rules or revolutionizing current practices; and they apply resources in entirely new ways, whether people, knowledge, relationships, or technology.
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.
Audi Urban Future Summit 2011
Report on one of the latest conferences to take on the global theme of the city
Review of Design with the Other 90%: Cities
5% Health: The Risk of Catabolic Collapse and Peak Fat in Modern Health Systems
The writer, at Mayo Clinic's "Transform" conference, asks: Are high-end medical systems the best place to focus design's creative capacity?
Ten Ways to Redesign Design Competitions
How to improve design competitions aimed at social good.
Structured for Creativity
How to scale a nonprofit organization so it is optimized for impact.
How to Make Systems Thinking Sexy
John Thackara's 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge keynote address.
How to Start a Movement
Interview with movement entrepreneur Jeremy Heimans, founder of Purpose.com.
Transensing: Glassware for the Blind
Award-winning glassware for the visually impaired.
Everything Must Go
A new blog speaks to our current interest in shedding material goods.
Design for the Real World Redux
To mark the acquisition of Papanek’s archives by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the school’s Victor J. Papanek Foundation, in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Museum of Arts and Design, has announced a prize for a concept, prototype or product “that upholds Papanek’s vision of environmental and/or social responsibility.”
Report on Alex Bogusky and Rob Schuham's COMMON project marrying capitalism and social change.
Rise of the Micro-Medici
On the value of microfunding creative ideas that stem from a single mind.
Cards of Change
Unemployed workers retrofit their former business cards to send hopeful messages.
Tinkers, Hackers, Farmers, Crafters
Interview with Emeka Okafor, founder of Maker Faire Africa.
Neville Brody Wants You
Call for submissions to the Anti Design Festival, September 18-26, London, England.
Virtue Rewarded: Design and Social Innovation Prizes
Descriptions of nine awards programs that regularly give out $100,000 for design and social innovation projects.
Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson
New Visions of Home
Report on new housing models for the elderly.
Protect Me from What I Want
Photo in memory of Tobias Wong.
Design Thinking Comes to the U.S. Army
Design is almost overnight the centerpiece of military doctrine and the U.S. Army has gotten design thinking quite right. The struggle to get design thinking ensconced in Army doctrine, though, is no easy feat.
The Laugh Bug
Is Volkswagen's Fun Theory campaign anything more than a turbocharged marketing stunt?
Sweating the Small Stuff
Review of TED 2010 conference, "What the World Needs Now," Long Beach, California, February 9–13.
Report on "Rising Currents," an exhibition of New York City design solutions to the flooding predicted by climate change experts, which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, March 24–August 9, 2010.
The Bleating Edge
Rick Landesberg's photo of an innovative design in Haiti for keeping goats in their place.
The Road to Wellville
Recommendations for designing a healthcare system around our nation's health needs — chronic care management, prevention and acute care treatment — not history, doctors and their profitability.
Aspen Design Summit: Initial Report
Initial report on the 2009 Aspen Design Summit, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute.
The Value of Empathy
Andy Chen responds to the debate between David Stairs and Valerie Casey on the recent surge of social design activity.
Aspen Design Summit: Program Description
AIGA and Winterhouse Institute are joining forces to stage the Aspen Design Summit in November 2009.
10.01.09: Moderated by Julie Lasky
The Kindness of Strangers
Debate between graphic designer David Stairs and Designers Accord founder Valerie Casey about designers' roles and limits as social activists.
When Worlds Collide
Report on TEDGlobal 2009, held July 21–24 in Oxford, England.