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In the News: Catapult Design’s Pedicab Project

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In an effort to modernize urban transportation in parts of Southeast Asia, Catapult Design is preparing to launch its prototype for a new kind of pedicab (tuk-tuk, beck, cyclo, or rickshaw). In this recent article, ABC News nicely highlighted some of the challenges and exciting design directions of the open-sourced prototypes that will soon take to the roads. The project is f

Our top tweets from 2013

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1. Mobile banking: Is it a phone, is it a bank? Safaricom widens its services to include savings/loans - http://ow.ly/jzNcV  2. @USAID announces 10 Feed the Future Innovation Labs to increase food security & help farmers boost incomes. http://1.usa.gov/16MWHNO 3. So cool. @thekopernik uses SWEETLab sensors + @FrontlineSMS to gather user feedback, improve product line. http://goo.gl

What is demand-driven innovation?

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"As the populations moves toward the 9 billion mark and the Earth's climate becomes increasingly variable, we face growing social and environmental problems," is the opening text for Demand-Driven.org, a new site for the international development community. "Solving these problems entails understanding what low-income communities need and want. Developing solutions to tackle these global pro
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Catapult receives grant to support entrepreneurial design event on the Navajo Nation

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Catapult Design, a product and service design firm based in San Francisco, is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Catapult Design’s grant will support the expansion of its design and innovation education program to the Navajo Nation in Arizona. In 2012 Catapult
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Five Skills Designers Have That Global Development Needs

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“Development is being disrupted,” says Raj Kumar, President of DevEx, a site devoted to helping the international development community deliver foreign aid more efficiently and effectively. Beyond the buzz generated by the “social entrepreneurship” and “impact investing” communities, I’ve seen a significant shift coming from traditional aid agencies in the past two years. In 2010,

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