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Poverty


11.22.13: Paul Polak

End Poverty or Bust
Five years ago, Steve Bachar and Paul Polak decided to create a venture capital fund that would only invest in socially responsible companies. There was only one problem. There were no companies to invest in that met the criteria
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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.
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09.16.13: Cheryl Heller

Forget Poverty. Let’s Talk Business.
In a recent article on the future of design, I used Paul Polak as a case for why generalists are so important to the world right now.
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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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10.31.11: Mark Lamster

Majority Report
Review of Design with the Other 90%: Cities
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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.
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01.19.11: Photo by Milton Rogovin

The Poetry of Simplicity
Pablo Neruda on the photographer Milton Rogovin
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10.27.10: Photo by Taslima Akhter

The Raveled Sleeve of Care
Photo by Taslima Akhter showing living conditions for Bangladesh's garment workers.
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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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09.14.10: Mimi Zeiger

Food Not Bombs
Report on Food Not Bombs, an activist network, now about to turn 30, that distributes free vegan meals.
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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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08.23.10: Ernest Beck

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.


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08.02.10: Jen Roos

Cup of Heroes
Thoughts on design, sports, and the author's return to a South African township during the World Cup.
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07.28.10: Photo by Pieter Hugo

Permanent Error
Photo by Pieter Hugo of Ghana's Agbogbloshie slum.
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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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09.29.09: Bradford McKee

New Grub Street
Interview with photorapher Jonas Bendiksen following the opening of his exhibition "The Places We Live."
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09.09.09: Ernest Beck

Chulha Stove

Report on the Chulha stove designed by Philips to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries.


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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.
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08.18.09: Teun Voeten

Under Cover
Teun Voeten photograph of Kabul, Afghanistan, 2007. The situation for widows in Afghanistan is desperate...
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