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August 1, 2013

“Calling for a Triple Bottom Line Design Metric”

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Our own John Cary took to the pages of Stanford Social Innovation Review yesterday to lay out (here) a rationale for the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network to partner with what it has long considered its arch rival, the U.S. Green Building Council and its popular Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. “Whereas LEED is institutionalized throughout the building sector, SEED is a slow-growing, grassroots initiative.” Such a partnership could finally engage a critical mass of mainstream building industry practitioners, actual users, and the public at large.

Rather than remain a shoestring operation, SEED should leverage the USGBC’s vast network and resources. Both SEED and LEED would become stronger programs for it. Such a partnership–between the Congress for New Urbanism, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the USGBC–led to the development of the LEED for Neighborhood Development (or LEED-ND) standard, launched in 2009. It provides an environmental strategy for entire communities, while also addressing many of the economic and social elements espoused by SEED, albeit only at one particular scale.

Click here to read “Calling for a Triple Bottom Line Design Metric,” online at SSIReview.org.

May 13, 2013

Architect Magazine Covers PID Institute

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The AIA‘s Architect Magazine last week profiled an initiative it has sponsored, called the Public Interest Design Institute (PIDI), launched by Design Corps in 2011 to promote the Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Network. The piece, titled “How Public Interest Design Can Pull Its Own Weight,” is subtitled “Through two-day institutes, SEED Network co-founders have committed to training 800 people per year in public interest design.”

It doesn’t matter where the term “public interest design” came from—it only matters where it’s going. That’s what Design Corps founder Bryan Bell wants people to know about the Public Interest Design Institute, which is heading to Mexico. Bell, just back from a planning trip there for the first international institute location, says he’s ready to take the institute overseas. A long-time fledgling movement, public interest design is now coming into its own, and it’s building a critical mass both here and abroad.

Click here to read “How Public Interest Design Can Pull Its Own Weight,” online at ArchitectMagazine.com.

March 14, 2013

SEED Evaluator 3.0 to Launch During PID Week

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Design Corps–one of our Public Interest Design Week partners–this morning announced that Version 3.0 of the Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Evaluator, an evolving web-based tool, will officially launch next Saturday, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion conference. “SFI” participants will receive the first peek at this new, collaborative design tool. Thereafter, it will be available free of charge, online at SEEDNetwork.org.

Based on SEED’s bottom-up approach to design problem-solving that truly activates community concerns, the SEED Evaluator 3.0 not only advocates, but also requires an inclusive and participatory process for achieving successful design projects with involvement from community stakeholders as well as designers and project planners. The tool offers specific steps for creating a collaborative approach to public interest design and for identifying and measuring the success of like-minded project goals focused on the triple-bottom line of social justice, economic development, and environmental conservation.

Click here to register to attend Structures for Inclusion and other Public Interest Design Week events, online at EventBrite.com, or click here to learn more about the SEED Network and Evaluator tool, online at SEEDNetwork.org.

March 12, 2013

Structures for Inclusion Workshops Announced

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Rounding out the Structures for Inclusion conference and Public Interest Design Week generally will be half a dozen workshops, offering deep dives into a range of topics. An SFI tradition, the workshops will take place the morning of Sunday, March 24, from 9-10:30am and 11am-12:30pm. The workshops are included as a part of the regular SFI registration. They will take place in Rapson Hall, running parallel with the Iconathon being led by The Noun Project.

9-10:30am
Workshop 1A: Human-Centered Design 101
Led by Liz Ogbu of CCA & Marika Shioiri-Clark of Soshl Studio

Workshop 1B: Applying for the Enterprise Rose Fellowship
Led by Katie Swenson of Enterprise Community Partners

11am-12:30pm
Workshop 2A: Affordable Housing Finance
Led by Casius Pealer of Oyster Tree Consulting

Workshop 2B: Introduction to the SEED Evaluator 3.0
Led by Lisa Abendroth of Metropolitan State University of Denver & Bryan Bell of Design Corps

Click here for more information or to register for Structures for Inclusion and other Public Interest Design Week events, online at PublicInterestDesign.org. Caption: Toolbox icon designed by Daniel Hickey; sourced via The Noun Project.

February 25, 2013

“Intelligent Coalitions” Presentations Video Online

Once again, nearly a year to the day of the 2012 Social Impact Design Summit, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum held an evening event to mark the launch of a white paper on the summit. The full 90-minute video is now available, above.

Moderated by Cynthia Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at the Cooper-Hewitt, the five presenters (in order of appearance) included: Ezio Manzini of the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Network, Mariana Amatullo of Designmatters at Art Center College of Design, Bryan Bell of the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network, Nadia Elkordy, representing the International Design Innovation Network (IDIN), and Krista Donaldson of D-Rev.

Click here for more information on the “Intelligent Coalitions: Design and Social Impact event,” online at CooperHewitt.org.

February 7, 2013

“Intelligent Coalitions: Design & Social Impact”

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Nearly a year to the day of the Social Impact Design Summit, which took place on February 27, 2012, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum will hold an evening event to mark the launch of a white paper on the summit. Moderated by Cynthia Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at the Cooper-Hewitt, “the evening will focus on progress and developments in the field of social impact design over the intervening months.” What’s being called “Intelligent Coalitions: Design and Social Impact,” the event will take place Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 6:30-8pm, in New York City.

Panelists will discuss the white paper’s recommendations and proposals for how best to move forward and develop this burgeoning field. Join panelists, including Mariana Amatullo of Designmatters at Art Center College of Design, Bryan Bell of the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network, Krista Donaldson of D-Rev, and Ezio Manzini of the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Network, in a discussion about what is new and what is next for this growing area of design.

Click here for more information on the “Intelligent Coalitions: Design and Social Impact event,” online at CooperHewitt.org.

January 31, 2013

Design Corps’ SEED Recruitment Challenge

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Design Corps has just announced that the Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Network will be conferring its first “Community Organizer Award” to the individual who can recruit and register the most new SEED members by February 28, 2013.

The winner will receive airfare, registration, and four nights hotel in advance of and during the Structures for Inclusion conference, part of Public Interest Design Week, March 19-24, 2013, hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Design. Interested registrants must simply list their referrer’s name on the Pledge page of the SEED-Network.org website.

Click here for the official announcement from Design Corps.

December 10, 2012

UofM Announces Public Interest Design Week

As just announced, this coming spring, March 19-24, 2013, the University of Minnesota College of Design will host a first-of-its-kind Public Interest Design Week. The week will attract to the College of Design an array of people and groups working at the intersection of design and service. Framing a range of lectures, panels, film screenings, and workshops, highlight events of Public Interest Design Week include:

Shelter: connect workshop, led by filmmakers Richard Neill and Lee Schneider, which builds participants’ storytelling skills–historically underemphasized within the field and design education generally;

Public Interest Design Institute (PIDI), led by Bryan Bell of Design Corps, which employs the Harvard Case Method to showcase projects that exemplify the Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) principles;

Affordable Housing Design Forum, led by Katie Swenson of Enterprise Community Partners, which will convene leaders on the frontlines of affordable housing design and community development;

Structures for Inclusion (SFI) conference, now in its 13th year, which will feature presentations and discussions about products, places, and processes designed or redesigned for the public good; and

Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Awards presentations during SFI will recognize and showcase six finalist projects from Kenya, Indonesia, Sudan, and several states within the U.S.

Click here to read the Public Interest Design Week press release, online at design.umn.edu, or click here to access the working agenda online.

November 16, 2012

SEED Network Turns Seven

The Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Network celebrated its seventh birthday yesterday with a call for donations to support Design Corps, which administers the network. SEED has its roots in a meeting of 30 community design practitioners, hosted October 28-29, 2005, by the Loeb Fellowship program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The title, “SEED,” was coined by Kimberly Dowdell the preceding summer during an internship with the General Services Administration (GSA), which played a crucial role in the adoption of LEED, the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Click here to make a donation to Design Corps to support its administration of SEED, online at DesignCorps.org, or click here to learn more about the SEED Network, online at SEED-Network.org.

August 16, 2012

2013 SEED Awards Call for Entries

Design Corps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network–in conjunction with the University of Minnesota College of Design–today announced their third annual SEED Awards program. Through a competitive jury process, 6 projects will be selected for presentation during the thirteenth annual Structures for Inclusion (SFI13) conference, March 22-24, 2013, to be hosted by the University of Minnesota and chaired by our own John Cary. Student, professional, and DIY projects from anywhere in the world are eligible and will be judged based on the following criteria:

Participation: How and to what extent have community members and stakeholders been involved in the design and planning processes?

Effectiveness: How and to what extent does the project address the community’s needs and challenges?

Excellence: How and to what extent does the project achieve the highest possible design quality, relate with its context, and dignify the experiences of those it touches?

Inclusiveness: How and to what extent does the project promote social equity as well as reflect a diversity of social identities and values.

Impact: How and to what extent are the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the project known and being measured?

Systemic: How and to what extent might the project or process be scaled up to have a broader impact?

Click here for more information or to register for the SEED Award via the DesignCorps.org website.

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