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May 15, 2014

d.light Hits 125,000 Solar Home Systems Milestone


The solar light social enterprise d.light recently announced sales of more than 125,000 solar home systems in developing areas of the world, which nearly equals the amount of home systems sold in the U.S. in 2013. With a mission to serve the more than 2 billion people globally who live without access to reliable electricity, this milestone represents a reach of nearly 650,000 people within their larger impact of 30 million lives impacted since launching the company. Although this may seem like a drop in the bucket, it verifies the expanding product lines d.light has developed to meet different lifestyle needs and ultimately reach their goal of impacting 10 million lives by 2020. CEO Donn Tice explains:

The success of the D Series — upgradeable, maintenance-free and easy-to-install solar light and power for homes and small businesses — is attributable to innovations in both product design and financing. d.light’s flagship D20 is designed to work with any kind of payment system. Flexible systems like the D Series are essential to accelerating universal energy access in the developing world.

Click here to read more about d.light’s milestone, online at

May 14, 2014

Job: Catapult Design Seeking Product Designer

The esteemed product and service design nonprofit Catapult Design is currently seeking a Product/Industrial Designer to join their studio in Denver, Colorado. Beginning as a six-month contract position, the designer will be responsible for developing solutions from concept to implementation with clients both in Denver and overseas in India, Indonesia, Kenya, Rwanda and beyond. Applications–including a resume and portfolio–can be sent to jobs[at]

Catapult Design’s Product/Industrial Designers interface with our Program Director and project leaders and contribute to project scheduling, task tracking, user research, engineering development, and hands-on prototyping. Additionally, Product Designers are expected to contribute substantially to in-the-field work associated with their projects from needs assessment to product roll-out and evaluation. Our Product Designers need to be able to work within multi-stakeholder environment, cross-disciplinary teams and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Click here to read more and apply for the role of Product/Industrial Designer at Catapult Design, online at

May 14, 2014

Participate In The Osthang Project This Summer


This summer in Darmstadt, Germany, the Osthang Project is bringing together sixty people to participate in an experimental building workshop and create a “cultural cluster” for the city. Open to students, artists, and architects, the three week workshop running from July 7th to July 27th will be framed by international architects focused on collective and experimental building, including atelier le balto, collectif etc, Atelier Bow-Wow, Umschichten, m7red, orizzontale, and Erlend Blakstad Haffner. Applications to participate are due May 25, 2014, and fees are €300 to cover meals.

This summer the Osthang Project – International Summer School and Festival for Future Modes of Living Together is taking place on the underused plot of the Osthang, located amid the historically significant ensemble of the former artist colony Mathildenhöhe. As Summer School and festival it will bring together knowledge and experience from architecture, social and political science, economy, activism and art, as well as experimental building and experimental forms of living from around the world.

Click here to learn more and apply to participate in the Osthang Project, online at

May 14, 2014

2014 Alva Award Bestowed On Krista Donaldson


On Friday, May 2nd in New York City, D-Rev CEO Krista Donaldson was presented with the prestigious 2014 Alva Award during the annual 99U Conference. Created by Behance‘s 99U with support from GE, the award honors “those who are helping to shape the future by putting ideas into action.” Joining previous winners Sebastian Thrun of Udacity and Tony Fadell of Nest Labs, Donaldson is the first woman to be selected by the esteemed judging panel as a “great inventor” who is solving problems, addressing real needs, and making the world work better. We could not agree more.

Whether she’s creating an inexpensive, state-of-the-art prosthetic knee or inventing new ways to fight jaundice, Krista Donaldson uses design and pure grit to solve the world’s biggest problems affordably.

Click here to read more about 2014 Alva Award Winner Krista Donaldson, online at

May 13, 2014

Reminder: Apply for CUP Project Manager By 5/16

Applications for Program Manager at NYC-based design nonprofit Center for Urban Pedagogy are due this Friday, May 16th, at 5pm EDT. The position combines education, design, and communication skills and primarily entails working on the Community Education projects, such as the Public Access Design program and the Making Policy Public and Envisioning Development toolkits.

The ideal candidate for Program Manager would be someone with a demonstrated understanding of urban policy and planning issues; a strong desire to create accessible and creative tools that help demystify these topics; a belief in the power of visual communication to do so; experience managing creative projects; a desire to work in a collaborative setting with a broad range of partners; and a commitment to social justice.

Click here to apply for the role of Program Manager at CUP by Friday, May 16th, online at

May 13, 2014

Reminder: T Lab Fellowship Applications Due 5/16

Fellow applications for Bay Area-based nonprofit Tipping Point Community‘s 2014-15 T Lab Program are due this Friday, May 16th. In partnership with frog design, the six-month fellowship–which commences September 2014 and includes a stipend of $25,000–entails designing and testing solutions for poverty-related issues. Whether you have experience as a designer, engineer, non-profit leader, social scientist, business person or simply an effective problem-solver, they want to hear from you! All you need to have is an interest in tackling poverty and “a conviction to making the impossible possible.”

Tipping Point fights poverty in the Bay Area. Since 2005, we have raised more than $60 million to educate, employ, house and support more than 250,000 people living in poverty. T Lab at Tipping Point is an initiative that will bring together a diverse group of nine Problem-Solvers to tackle challenges in Child Care, Early Childhood Education and Prisoner Reentry.

Click here to  apply for the 2014-15 T Lab Fellowship by Friday, May 16th, online at

May 13, 2014

Hester Street Collaborative Seeking Exec Director


The renowned Hester Street Collaborative–known for their design, education, and advocacy work in New York City’s Lower East Side community–is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization into a new phase of growth. After 12 years, founding Executive Director Anne Frederick will be stepping down to pursue new adventures, leaving a huge legacy in public interest design leadership with HSC and a solid foundation for the new Executive Director to build upon. Along with continuing to build HSC’s profile, the position entails improving management practices and operational infrastructure, growing financial reserves, and widening the circle of support. Applications for this rare opportunity will be reviewed on rolling basis beginning this month.

The Executive Director (ED) will lead the organization into a new phase of growth by deepening HSC’s organizational capacity to attract resources, communicate its work to a broader audience of supporters, and be established as the “go to” service provider for community design tools and the “go to” builders of community infrastructure in NYC… Leading HSC in its next chapter offers a unique opportunity for a creative visionary and hands-on manager committed to genuine community participation in shaping vital urban places.

Click here to read more and apply for the Executive Director position, online at

May 12, 2014

Ideas for reGENERATION Competition Due 5/15


This Thursday May 15th marks the last day to submit ideas to The Center for Public Interest Design‘s reGENERATION: An Intergenerational Living Competition. Jury members–including Tim CarpenterTeddy CruzMargarette LeiteDan PiteraBelinda Tato, and Jose Vallejo–will be looking for proposals that explore new ways of “reintegrating an often-isolated aging population into active settings where they can once again thrive and lend their voices and expertise to the greater community.” Prizes for winning projects are $1000 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd, and $500 for 3rd, along with a feature in a public exhibit and an online gallery.

This is an ideas competition intended to facilitate a dialogue on the subject of intergenerational housing and inform ongoing efforts in this field, so the scale of each proposal can vary drastically. Whether the design is a single home, a large urban building(s), a series of public spaces/landscapes on or near a campus, or a piece of furniture, our esteemed jury members are open to all approaches to this issue. Submissions will be shared at an exhibit and forum to be held in downtown Portland, Oregon, in the summer of 2014.

Click here to submit your ideas to the reGENERATION Competition by Thursday May 15th, online at

May 12, 2014

Reminder: PID Mexico Call for Projects Ends 5/15


This September Design Corps and the SEED Network are headed to Mexico City for the first-ever PID Mexico event–and they’re seeking the best projects in design for the public good to present at the conference. Submissions for Mexico-based public interest design projects ends this Thursday, May 15th, which will then be judged by an esteemed panel of practitioners, including Dr. Michael E. ConroyTeddy CruzJosep Maria Llop-Torné, and Gabriela Videla. The winning projects who meet the criteria of Participation, Effectiveness, Excellence, Inclusiveness, Impact, and Systemic will be announced on June 16th.

Public Interest Design – Mexico is an opportunity to discuss the practice of designing for social impact and how best to significantly increase the value of design for the public good. Projects are being created all over Mexico which are addressing the many issues we face as a nation, in communities and as individuals. These projects are taking on the challenging issues of democratic decision making, empowerment and engagement. While inclusive design practices worldwide are beginning to help communities use design to address their most critical issues and define resilient futures as they see fit, as in Mexico, design professionals still remain at the margins of these lively debates and initiatives.

Click here to apply to present at PID Mexico by Thursday, May 15th, online at

May 9, 2014

A Few Spots Available for Design Futures Forum


There are still a few ‘at-large’ spots available for this year’s Design Futures Student Forum at Tulane School of Architecture June 3-7, 2014. Organized by UT Austin’s Barbara Brown Wilson and Tulane City Center’s Dan Etheridge, the second annual convening will bring together students and recent graduates to explore the history, philosophies, and practices of public interest design with leading practitioners–including Public Architecture’s John Peterson; Hester Street Collaborative’s Anne Frederick; CUP’s Christine Gaspar; Enterprise Community PartnersKatie Swenson; and our own John Cary, amongst many more leaders in the field. Registration for students and recent graduates to attend through an ‘at-large’ spot includes a fee of $400.

Click here to read more and register for the 2014 Design Futures Student Forum, online at

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