Journeying through the Sacred Profane
David Stairs chronicles his trip through India.
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.
Chandigarh on the Block
Furnishings designed for Corbusier's urban masterpiece are being sold at auction. How outraged should we be?
Yale School of Management
SELCO: Product Design Philosophy
This video of the SELCO innovation team talking about product development is a part of the SELCO case study, the first in a series of case studies on design and social enterprise funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through a grant to the Winterhouse Institute.
Yale School of Management
SELCO: Founder Harish Hande on SELCO's Future
This video of Harish Hande is a part of the SELCO case study, the first in a series of case studies on design and social enterprise funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through a grant to the Winterhouse Institute.
SELCO: Case Study Synopsis & Teaching Objectives
This case study about SELCO, a solar energy company in India, provides an opportunity to examine the strategy of a business with a social purpose and a heavy reliance on innovative design.
What Social Entrepreneurship Can Teach Social Design
Essay on adapting principles of social entrepreneurship to social design.
The Town That Corbusier Built
On the conflict between architectural appreciation and security in Chandigarh, India.
Ripple Effect Update
Update on the Ripple Effect initiative launched by IDEO, Gates Foundation and Acumen Fund to distribute fresh water in the developing world. Originally published July 30, 2009.
Bellagio Museum Symposium: Abstract
In April 2010, 22 participants met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the museum’s potential role in relation to design for social change. This is an abstract summary of the final report of their discussions.
Reasons Not to Be Pretty: Symposium on Design, Social Change and the “Museum”
In April 2010, 22 designers, historians, curators, educators and journalists met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the museum’s potential role in relation to design for social change. This is a report on their conversation.
India's Epic Head Count
The enormous task of conducting India's 2010 census is aided by a newly designed form.
05.24.10: Ken Botnick and Ira Raja
The Subtle Technology of Indian Artisanship
How India's craftsmen offer lessons in design thinking.
Design for Change Contest
Kiran Bir Sethi is a designer, teacher, principal, advocate and social entrepreneur. Now her “Design for Change Contest,” a recent initiative that swept India in 2009, is expanding globally.
The Nano Effect on Urban India
Review of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum exhibition of the Tata Nano, 2010.
Better Living Through Artistry
SEWA, a cooperative textile manufacturing company in Ahmedebad, India, is a network of self-employed women.
Finding Innovation in Every Corner
Interview with management expert Anil Gupta, who seeks to reduce poverty by finding, broadcasting and nurturing examples of innovation among India's poor.
Report on the Chulha stove designed by Philips to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries.
Rainfall Is Likely to Occur
The bourgeois quarters have their own hybrid neo-Tibeto-Hokkaido-Kashmiri-Brit architecture — tin-roof Tudors with peaks — yet "paddy" (i.e., rice) is still grown within the city limits, if in just a few spots.
The Question Box project puts the developing-world poor just a phone call away from an internet search.
IDEO launched Ripple Effect in India to help communities with the arduous process of transporting water.