September 25, 2013
This week, during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Autodesk–a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software–is proudly launching its Technology Impact program, providing software donations to select nonprofits that are directly employing design to create a better world. In just the first year alone, the program represents a major, $7.5 million commitment on the part of the company. Autodesk has long worked to share its software with entities imagining, designing, and creating a better world–ranging from nonprofits and schools to thousands of clean tech companies around the world. While some of those are investments in future business, this new program is strictly philanthropic in nature.
Autodesk will initially make two licenses, chosen from the company’s four most popular professional design software suites, available to 500 nonprofit organizations. The suites include Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate, and Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium. At this time the program is available in the United States and Canada only, but it is expected to scale globally in the coming months.
Click here to apply or for more information on the Autodesk Technology Impact software donation program, online at Autodesk.com.
July 24, 2013
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has announced “Mobilizing for Impact” as the theme of its 2013 CGI Annual Meeting, taking place September 23-26, 2013, in New York City. “Through a variety of sessions, leaders from across sectors will develop new ideas and partnerships, learn from their peers, and take action. Past CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 165 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media.”
CGI’s 2013 theme, “Mobilizing for Impact,” explores ways that CGI members and member organizations can be more effective in leveraging individuals, partner organizations, and key resources in their commitment efforts. Mobilizing the right entities–and allowing them to reach their full potential–creates lasting and scalable success. This builds on CGI’s 2012 theme, “Designing for Impact,” which encouraged the design of purposeful commitments from the outset.
Click here to learn more about the 2013 CGI Annual Meeting, online at ClintonGlobalInitiative.org.
February 14, 2013
We are honored to announce that Krista Donaldson, PhD, CEO of D-Rev: Design Revolution, will give the opening keynote address during the thirteenth international Structures for Inclusion conference. Donaldson will speak on Saturday morning, March 23, at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater on the University of Minnesota campus, as part of the inaugural Public Interest Design Week.
Krista Donaldson has driven innovation in product design, engineering, and international development for more than 15 years. As D-Rev’s CEO, Krista’s has led the release of Brilliance, a revolutionary technology treating neonatal jaundice, and the ReMotion prosthetic knee. Her leadership has won Krista acclaim as a Silicon Valley “40 Under 40” winner, a TEDx and Clinton Global Initiative speaker, and she was recently named to Fast Company’s Co.Design 50 Designers Shaping the Future, and the Public Interest Design 100. She is a 2010-2012 Rainer Arnhold Fellow and a 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow.
Click here to register to see Krista Donaldson speak during the Public Interest Design Week headline event, Structures for Inclusion, online at PublicInterestDesign.org.
December 17, 2012
On Thursday of last week, we published the third and final in a three-part series of “year end” pieces on Architizer, that being our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Initiatives to Watch in 2013.” Once again, the list looks beyond individual design projects and instead toward initiatives with far-reaching consequences for the field–and, in some cases, the world.
1. The NEA will publish its Social Impact Design White Paper
2. The Public Interest Design 100 infographic will go global
3. Big Future Group will take shape
4. The University of Minnesota will host Public Interest Design Week
5. IDEO.org Innovation Fund will take off
6. Design will become a Clinton Global Initiative hallmark
7. MASS Design Lab will break ground in Rwanda
8. Studio H, the film, will debut
9. Grantmakers in Design will unite design and philanthropy
10. The Catch-All of TBAs
Click here to read our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Initiatives to Watch in 2013,” online at Architizer.com.
December 14, 2012
On Wednesday, we published the second in a three-part series of “year end” pieces on Architizer, our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Milestones of 2012.” The list looks beyond individual design projects and instead toward initiatives with far-reaching consequences for the field—and, in some cases, the world.
1. Architectural Record Publishes “Building for Social Change” Issue
2. IDEO.org and Gates Foundation Launch HCD Connect
3. Design Corps Debuts the First Four of Six SEEDocs
4. U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale Showcases “Spontaneous Interventions
5. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Addresses “Designing for Impact”
6. “Public Interest Design” Exhibition Opens at the Autodesk Gallery
7. The Noun Project Launches New Website and Symbol Suites
8. The Gates Foundation Hosts Inaugural Toilet Festival
9. Grantmakers in Design Hosts Its Inaugural Meeting
10. Public Interest Design 100 Infographic Maps Movers & Shakers
Click here to read our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Milestones of 2012,” online at Architizer.com.
September 28, 2012
We round out this exciting week with something a little more playful, but not at all less important than the subjects discussed during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. “Designed to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda,” a new campaign, was launched this week by 33 wide-ranging partners, from Nike to our friends at Architecture for Humanity.
This year, 5.3 million deaths will be attributed to physical inactivity. No one can fix this alone. We must align strategies & combine resources. The science is clear. The debate is over. Urgent priority must be given to dramatically increase the world’s commitment to physical activity. “Designed to Move” offers consensus on the path forward–a single vision: Future generations running, jumping, and kicking to reach their greatest potential. A new normal.
Click here here to learn more about Designed to Move, online at DesignedtoMove.org.
September 27, 2012
Continuing our follow-up coverage of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, we want to highlight another of approximately 150 “commitments.” This second is spearheaded by MASS Design Group, another one of the foremost leaders in the public interest design field.
MASS–in partnership with Shaw Contract Group–has committed to establishing a global innovation laboratory, called the MASS Design Lab (MDLab), to test, implement, and bring to market specific solutions that will effect systematic change in the built environment. With one hub in Kigali, Rwanda and one in the United States, MDLab will host immersive design and development teams comprised of fellows and mid- to post-career professionals from a range of disciplines in order to develop the necessary knowledge and ideas to address high impact topics. MDLab will then integrate this collective knowledge to identify new questions and opportunities, rapidly prototype ideas, and quickly bring new designs to market. The lab will not only provide a venue for re-thinking and re-designing the built environment, but it will also train entrepreneurs, inspire new educational programs, and foster the necessary R&D processes required for newly designed products to actually solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Click here to learn more about MASS Design Group’s 2012 CGI commitment for the MDLab, online at ClintonGlobalInitiative.org, or click here to read about MDLab, online at MASSDesignGroup.org. Caption: Photo of MASS Co-founder & Executive Director Michael Murphy announcing MDLab at CGI.
September 26, 2012
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting concluded yesterday afternoon, capping three days of unprecedented and wide-ranging discussion on the theme of “Designing for Impact” by some of the most powerful people in the world. At the heart of “CGI,” as it’s most commonly called, are commitments–made by NGOs, corporations, governments, and other entities. Among the approximately 150 new commitments made this year are a couple by two of the foremost leaders in the public interest design field, IDEO.org and MASS Design Group.
In 2012, through the establishment of a $1.5 million “innovation fund,” IDEO.org and the Wasserman Foundation are committing to support up to four innovative organizations and/or entrepreneurs a year, over a three year period, by directly providing them with catalytic design services in order for them to be more scalable and impactful. The basis of this effort is that design and innovation play a critical role in developing and accelerating solutions capable of having a significant and lasting impact on poverty. After an annual selection process conducted by IDEO.org, a full-time team of three multi-disciplinary designers will be deployed by IDEO.org to the selected organizations to help them overcome design challenges that are barriers to their scale and impact in the social sector.
Click here to learn more about IDEO.org and the Wasserman Foundation’s 2012 CGI commitment, online at ClintonGlobalInitiative.org, or click here to read IDEO.org’s announcement, online at IDEO.org. Caption: Photo of Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO and an IDEO.org board member) and Linda Tischler (Senior Editor of Fast Company Magazine) in their CGI kickoff conversation.
September 23, 2012
The 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting–addressing the theme “Designing for Impact“–kicked off Sunday, September 23 and runs through Tuesday, September 25.
Update: Video coverage of the opening session is now available through the CGI website, here. The session included Remarks by President Bill Clinton; a conversation between Tim Brown of IDEO and Linda Tischler of Fast Company Magazine; and panel discussion with Michael Duke of Wal-Mart; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon; and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
September 4, 2012
The Clinton Global Initiative has announced the roster of speakers for its 2012 Annual Meeting, taking place September 23-25, 2012, in New York. The three-day event will kickoff with an opening panel, addressing the overall meeting theme, “Designing for Impact.” The opening session panelists include President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman of the Clinton Global Initiative; Tim Brown, Chief Executive Officer of IDEO; Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan; and Kiran Sethi, Founder & Director of The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India.
To give a sense of the diversity of people and entities represented, speakers announced so far include: Anne Hastings, Fonkoze Financial Services; Antony Jenkins, Barclays PLC; Carolyn S. Miles, Save the Children; Clarence Otis, Jr., Darden Restaurants, Inc.; David Crane, NRG Energy, Inc.; Denis O’Brien, Digicel Group; Duquesne Fednard, D & E Green Enterprises, Inc.; Elizabeth Littlefield, Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Council on Foreign Relations; Heather Fleming, Catapult Design; Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods Incorporated; Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Fund; James Rogers, Duke Energy Corporation; Jason Clay, World Wildlife Fund; Jayaseelan Naidoo, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Jochen Zeitz, PUMA; Johanna Ralston, World Heart Federation; John Cary, PublicInterestDesign.org; Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi; Judith Rodin, The Rockefeller Foundation; Kandeh Yumkella, United Nations Industrial Development Organization; Leslie Dach, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Liz Ogbu, California College of the Arts; Luis Moreno, Inter-American Development Bank; Luis Ubiñas, The Ford Foundation; Lynn Stout, Cornell University Law School; Mallika Dutt, Breakthrough; Mindy Lubber, Ceres; Molly Melching, Tostan; Nick Kristof, The New York Times; Randa Grob-Zakhary, LEGO Foundation; Reema Nanavaty, Self Employed Women’s Association; Robert Ivy, The American Institute of Architects; Sally Osberg, The Skoll Foundation; Salma Samar Damluji, Daw’an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation; Sasha Kramer, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL); Seth Berkley, GAVI Alliance; Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC; Stephan Ouaknine, Inerjys Ventures Inc.; Walter Bell, Swiss Re America Holding Corp.
Click here to review the working agenda and speakers for the 2012 CGI Annual Meeting.
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