December 6, 2013
As we wind down 2013 this month with holiday festivities and celebrations, the new year is quickly approaching–which means New Year’s resolutions and perhaps taking on some new challenges. We spotted the following three fellowship opportunities as a perfect way to gain fresh thinking, unique opportunities, and new insights to make for an energizing 2014.
Echoing Green’s Fellowship Programs offer more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. During their first two years, Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and have access to the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. The Global Fellowship is a twenty-five year-old program for smart leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Any emerging social entrepreneur from any part of the world working to disrupt the status quo may apply.
First phase of applications for the Global Fellowship closes January 6, 2014. Find out more by clicking here.
Global Health Corps provides a yearlong paid fellowship for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to serve on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity at existing health organizations and government agencies. Fellows have the opportunity to work in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, or the United States. Global Health Corps recruits and selects highly qualified applicants with diverse skill sets to fill specific positions at these organizations.
Applications are due January 26, 2014. Click here to find out more.
The Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program brings together five to six individuals from diverse backgrounds for a two-week immersion at The Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Center on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. The 2014 program is focused on reinventing and democratizing livelihoods. The Fellows will explore how global economies are changing, the potential benefits and challenges of moving from big manufacturing to a distributed model, the opportunities unlocked by the emergence of sharing economies, and how to ensure citizens, in particular poor and vulnerable populations, are well-prepared to participate in these ever-changing contexts.
Nominations will be accepted through January 30, 2014, via the online nomination form. (Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.)
December 5, 2013
Today marks the first of two days of thought-provoking talks at TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here, hosted at San Francisco’s new Jazz Center. At today’s first session from 11:00am to 12:30pm PST, presenters include D-Rev CEO Krista Donaldson and Embrace Co-Founder Jane Chen, amongst many other fantastic female changemakers. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can follow the conversation on Twitter at @TEDWomen or join one of 150 TEDxWomen event screenings.
TEDWomen 2013 will channel the bootstrap spirit of Silicon Valley to celebrate invention in all its forms. Not just technology and things, but also solutions to poverty; approaches to peacemaking; expressions of art, and, at times, our own lives. More than 150 TEDx events around the world will take part, sharing the livestream and presenting local speakers around the theme “Invented Here.” The result: A truly global conversation — from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul — celebrating inventors and designers; thinkers and makers; local problem-solvers and global leaders.
Click here to see the entire TEDWomen 2013 program, online at Conferences.TED.com/TEDWomen2013/.
December 5, 2013
Non-profit media organization Next City is now accepting applications for the fifth annual Vanguard Conference. Bringing together non-profit directors, city council members, artists, private sector leaders, and many other city influencers, forty bright minds will converge in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for a two-day conference filled with workshops, neighborhood tours, presentations, and–we’re positive–many future collaborations and partnerships. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 14, 2014.
Our attendees are high-level, creative and ambitious people under the age of 40 who seek to improve their cities… Each year, we select 40 people who have demonstrated the ability to have an impact on their city or on the national dialogue about urban issues, bringing them together for an inspiring series of presentations, workshops, tours and other activities.
Click here to read more and apply to the Next City Vanguard Conference, online at NextCity.org/Vanguard.
December 4, 2013
The World Design Impact Prize has revealed the shortlist of seven projects nominated for the 2013-2014 prize, which originally included twenty-six nominees. ICSID members now have a difficult decision in ranking the shortlisted projects to democratically decide on the winners, which will be announced at the World Design Capital Gala in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014.
The seven finalists include:
ABC Syringe, University of Huddersfield
Biolite Homestove, BioLite LLC
Family by Family, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
Laddoo Project, Design Impact
Leveraged Freedom Chair, Global Research Innovation and Technology & Continuum
Potty Project, CURE
Refugee Housing Unit (organization under same name)
Click here to read more about the World Design Impact Prize nominees, online at WorldDesignImpact.org.
December 4, 2013
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is now accepting nominations for the fifteenth annual National Design Awards. As seen with previous winners, the award categories cover a broad range of design disciplines, including architecture, communication, fashion, interaction, landscape, and product, along with visionaries (‘Design Mind’), supporters (‘Design Patron’), and public choice (‘People’s Design Award’). Deadline for nominations is this Monday, December 9, 2013.
The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.
December 4, 2013
In a place where the poverty rate is at 90%, unemployment is at 80%, and there is a shortage of 4,000+ homes, the Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative (NASHI) is tackling a big challenge with the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. In an interdisciplinary collaboration between four groups–University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Design Program, Oglala Lakota College’s Construction Program, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and Thunder Valley Community Development Corp–faculty, students, and volunteers have just completed the first of four prototype net zero energy homes built using haybale construction. The short documentary video speaks to the impact the collaboration has had on students, program directors, community members, and the overall mission to improve housing on Tribal lands.
The overall objective of the project will be to develop a comprehensive case study to help inform the future housing choices for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and an “applied research” laboratory to educate OLC and CU students in the design and construction of sustainable, affordable, culturally inclusive and regionally appropriate housing. The primary purpose of the project is to address the need for healthy, sustainable and affordable housing and increase the capacity and knowledge and resources of OLC to build environmentally sound, sustainable and energy efficient homes that are right for its community and region (people and places).
December 3, 2013
Kicking off the holiday season with some goodwill and sharing (rather than spending,) today marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, which started last year thanks to New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation.
The team here at PublicInterestDesign.org has come together to share three organizations that each of us support–a hard decision to make with the amount of fantastic work going on in the world. We encourage you to join us in supporting one of the organizations below or donating to your favorite organization today in honor of the holiday season and #GivingTuesday. Read the rest of this entry »
December 2, 2013
Pallets–as we’ve seen in previous posts–are a common product used worldwide that not only work well for shipping but also for building structures. Suzan Wines and Azin Valy, principals at I-Beam Design in New York City, created a self-build pallet house that can be assembled with 5 people using hand tools in under a week. The house design, conceived in 1999 for an Architecture for Humanity competition for housing Kosovo refugees, has been developed over the years to accommodate different climates and sizing demands while staying true to the goal of using readily available materials, remaining versatile, and maintaining affordability.
Nearly 21 million pallets end in landfills each year which can house over 40,000 refugees. Pallets are specifically designed for transport and delivery – so cost is negligible when carrying shipments of food, medicine and other types of aid to refugees. A 250 square foot ‘Pallet House’ requires 100 recycled pallets nailed and lifted into place by 4-5 people using hand tools in under a week… Tarps or corrugated roofing prevent water penetration until enough locally available materials like earth, wood and thatch can be gathered to cover the exterior and fill the wall cavities for insulation. The Pallet House adapts to most climates on Earth and provides a longer lasting, more durable solution to housing some of the world’s 33 million displaced people who spend an average of 7 years in refugee camps.
Click here to read more about the Pallet House, online at I-BeamDesign.com.
November 27, 2013
Across America (and small areas around the globe), family, friends, and loads of food will come together tomorrow for Thanksgiving. We will be taking off tomorrow and Friday to enjoy time with loved ones and indulging in Grandmother’s home cooking. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, we hope you take the time to reflect on what you’re most grateful for and send a few thank you’s to those most important to you.
Cheers to a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving! See you back here on Monday, December 2nd.
November 27, 2013
An often overlooked–in a design sense–yet important part of the built world are construction sites. The disruptions and alterations that occur while buildings, streets, and infrastructure are being improved are oftentimes noticeable but have a temporality that invokes indifference. What if we changed this relationship?
Building on New York City’s urbanSHED competition, the Ville de Montreal’s Design Bureau and Ville-Marie borough in downtown Montreal have launched a design competition entitled ‘Unsitely! Leveraging Design to Improve Urban Construction Sites.’ They are seeking entry submissions by Tuesday, December 17, 2013, that address the following questions:
Can design (graphic, architectural, interior, industrial, landscape, event-based, etc.) be called on in early phases of planning, conception and activation of these worksites and provide creative solutions to this major universal challenge?
Can design improve our individual and collective experience, and the overall communication strategy of major worksites, or, at least, contribute to reduce their negative impact on the daily lives of commerces, residents and visitors?
Click here to read more about ‘Unsitely! Leveraging Design to Improve Urban Construction Sites’, online at MTLunesCoDesign.com.