December 13, 2013
Global design website Core77.com has announced the fourth annual call for award submissions. As we covered last year, amongst the 17 categories–including DIY, Strategy & Research, and Food Design–the Social Impact category is our natural favorite and the one that we will be watching with great anticipation. Core77.com is offering a 20% discount on entries submitted by the Earlybird Deadline of January 30, 2014. If you enter before December 31, 2013, they will send you a limited edition poster designed by Manuel Miranda. The final deadline for submissions is March 20, 2014, and winners will be announced in June 2014.
Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners. We present 17 categories of entry, providing designers, researchers and writers a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts. From client work to self-initiated projects, entrepreneurial to pro-bono engagements, we embrace a wide diversity of enterprise: commercial, cultural, social, environmental and discursive.
Click here to learn more and apply for the Core77 Design Awards 2014, online at Core77DesignAwards.com.
December 12, 2013
Social design foundation Design Ignites Change have opened applications for three award opportunities for educators and students in 2014. Recognizing that concepts can sometimes “fall flat at the implementation stage,” Design Ignites Change “encourages positive and meaningful change by providing established and emerging designers the resources to produce successful social design projects.” Design students and educators from a variety of disciplines–including graphic design, fine arts, photography, and interactive design–who are addressing social issues are eligible to apply.
The student awards are for project ideas only; plans for implementation are not required. Concepts may range from the pragmatic to the provocative, from the feasible to the fanciful, as long as they address a pressing social need within a community and apply innovation and design thinking to solve a problem.
Scholarships of up to $4,000 are available for college students from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to help young people realize their artistic dreams and give back to their communities. Scholarship recipients are selected not only for their ability and their need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the community through their work.
New in 2014–with two awards of $5,000–the Educator Grant supports college and university faculty who incorporate the implementation of a social impact design project into their curriculum. The two grants available can be used for a new, existing, or ongoing class or initiative that incorporates a social agenda into the curriculum and gives students experience in designing for social impact.
Click here to read more about Design Ignites Change, online at DesignIgnitesChange.org.
December 11, 2013
Public Interest Design Global–a collaboration between Ecole Spécial d’Architecture, Design Corps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network–has announced six winning projects that will be presented at the two-day global convening in Paris on April 18 and 19, 2014, along with six honorable mentions.
Project applicants–which represented 28 countries–were measured on “effectiveness, excellence, inclusiveness, impactful, systemic and participatory” by an international jury, including Cindy Cooper of Impact Entrepreneurs, Maggie Stephenson of UNHabitat, Raul Pantaleo of Studio TAMassociati, Deanna VanBuren of FOURM Design Studio, and Vinay Venkatarman of Frugal Digital. From buildings to graphic design to furniture making, the projects have made an impact beyond the tangible product, including creating jobs, increasing public safety, and encouraging healthy actions. Read the rest of this entry »
December 11, 2013
Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré tells a heartfelt and captivating story about his journey from Gando, Burkina Faso, to Germany and back in the newly released TEDCity2.0 talk “How to build with clay… and community.” As principal of Kéré Architecture, he has been able to apply learnings from his education in Europe to empower his native community through design and building. From barrel vaults to clay pots to cast clay, Kéré combines new construction methodologies with familiar materials to create long-lasting buildings and inspired community members in Gando.
Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he’s helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.
Click here to watch Diébédo Francis Kéré TEDCity2.0 talk, online at TED.com.
December 10, 2013
The Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute, in partnership with Make It Right, have announced the four winners of the Product Innovation Challenge, which began in November 2012. Initially 144 products were submitted by manufacturers as being “safe, healthy, affordable, effective, and designed to be returned safely to nature or industry after use,” which went through intensive screening by Cradle to Cradle certification experts, toxicologists from ToxServices, and building professionals from Make It Right. Amongst ten finalists, a global jury selected the following four winners to share the $250,000 cash prize. Read the rest of this entry »
December 10, 2013
Fifty percent of the world lives in cities–a common statistic that drives designers around the world to address how cities are developed to accommodate rising populations today and in the future. But what about the other fifty percent? Non-profit design studio Rural Urban Framework focuses on just this–rural development–in China, “one of the most intensively urban and intensively rural places in the world.” Featured as one of Architectural Record’s 2013 Design Vanguard Architects–an annual spotlight on innovative practitioners at the forefront of architecture–RUF founders and University of Hong Kong professors Joshua Bolchover and John Lin have been working with nonprofit organizations, private donors, and local governments to design and produce projects in villages throughout China since 2006.
RUF’s work stems not from a desire to preserve or re-create some pastoral idyll but rather a hardnosed pragmatism that addresses the current-day realities on the ground: complex social structures and the legacy of collectivism under Communist rule; shifting government imperatives and the subsumption of villages by ever-expanding cities; migration and capital flows, and a resulting depopulating of the countryside that is paradoxically coinciding with its hyperdevelopment.
December 10, 2013
After nearly a year of anticipation, the Extreme by Design documentary will publicly debut on PBS tomorrow, December 11, 2013, at 10pm EST/PST following NOVA. If you missed the screening at Public Interest Design Week, we strongly encourage you to tune in tomorrow evening. The hour-long film, produced and co-directed by Ralph King of Hawkview Pictures, follows the journey of three Stanford d.school students during the eight-month long Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability course.
At a time of unprecedented global challenges, the under-30 “millennial” generation has reason to be disengaged. Yet in fields ranging from public health to education, plenty of millennials are engaged. Call it the empathy revolution. Extreme By Design brings this revolution vividly to life following three Stanford University students as they design products that address basic needs of the poor.
Click here to find your local PBS station and watch Extreme by Design tomorrow night, online at PBS.org.
December 9, 2013
Enrique Peñalosa’s recent TEDCity2.0 talk, “Why buses represent democracy in action,” went live this past Friday on the main TED.com website and has already had over 110,000 views. As former mayor of Bogatá, Colombia, Peñalosa shares tactics he used to democratize transportation, including dedicated bus lanes and protected bicycle ways. He encourages existing and future cities–of more than half that will exist in 2060 will be built in the next fifty years–to join him in focusing on mobility to bring equality and empathy for all residents.
“An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport,” argues Enrique Peñalosa. In this spirited talk, the former mayor of Bogotá shares some of the tactics he used to change the transportation dynamic in the Colombian capital… and suggests ways to think about building smart cities of the future.
Click here to watch Enrique Peñalosa’s TEDCity2.0 talk, online at TED.com.
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/.
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