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Our top ten must-reads of 2012

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We culled our twitter feed and picked out the best of the best from 2012.  Read on for links to new tools, resources, and thought pieces on design and social entrepreneurship. DESIGN + SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PIECES 1.  Fast Company asks: "Do Designers Exploit the Poor While Trying to Do Good?" http://bit.ly/zKuQzT  2.  Niti Bahn identifies what is missing in designing for the next b
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Catapult, Davos bound!

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We're heading to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 in Davos, Switzerland this January 2013.  Not only that, we're joining: Jeanne Bourgault, President, Internews Theaster Gates, Director, Arts and Public Life Initiative, The University of Chicago Caroline Watson, Director and Founder, Hua Dan Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art
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Creating Iconic Design Tools with the Noun Project

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Ever needed an obscure icon for your infographic? Need to make a universally understandable sign? Only have 20minutes to contextualize your product visualisation with a simple picture? Do you dig Pictionary? Or are you sick of battling with watermarks or creating amorphous stick figure monster icons? Check out The Noun Project, an iconic phenomenon that is a platform for creating and sharing a gl
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Opportunities for accessing clean water in rural communities

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  Last week we kicked off our second program with The Ihangane Project exploring the multifaceted world of access to clean water for a small village two-hours outside of Kigali.  The program took us back to Rwanda where team members Karin Carter and Heather Fleming trekked through the hilly, lush terrain in the pouring rain to spend some time in the homes of families living on as little a
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Design Skills and Life

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Image: ISTOCKPHOTO/MATTJEACOCK As Catapult becomes more established I find us giving more and more talks to larger and larger groups in which we emphasize the value of the skills and methods designers bring to the problems they tackle. And we’re not alone; the design community at large daily espouses such important “methods” as building empathy, listening, and observation. We all talk abou
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Making energy access safe in Bihar, India

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Over 82% of the 103 million residents in Bihar, India lack access to reliable electricity. Our latest partner, Husk Power Systems, will bring millions of families in Bihar out of the darkness by providing reliable, renewable and affordable electricity.  In just four years Husk Power wowed the nation with the installation of 84 mini-power plants that convert rice husks into electricity at a scal
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ASME commits $12,500 to Catapult projects

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We are pleased to announce that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) committed another $12,500 towards Catapult's fundraising campaign for 2012's project work.  This year we launched our first design event in San Francisco (CatapultLabs), collaborated with partners on building innovation capacity in Indonesian communities, conceptualized and prototyped safe and efficient water tr
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Catapult Design at Clinton Global Initiative

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Clinton Global Intitiative kicks off this Sunday, September 23rd in New York with an opening plenary session on "Designing for Impact" with former President Bill Clinton. Following the session, Catapult CEO, Heather Fleming, will facilitate a Design Lab asking "How can we provide reliable and safe energy to those in need?" with D-Rev's Krista Donaldson. There are 1.6 billion people around the w
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Catapult celebrates surviving its 4th year!

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We hope you'll join us on Thursday, September 20th at the TechShop-San Francisco to celebrate our 4th year of creating impact through design.  It's been a truly transformative year for Catapult so we're taking the night to celebrate the design work, our partners, and our supporters who have enabled everything we've accomplished this year. RSVP here to attend.  Tickets are $15 at the door.  Drin
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4 ways to break the design process mold

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At Catapult, we often don’t know what we’re doing. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a clue, just that we frequently find ourselves doing things that haven’t been done before. At least not by our clients or us. But that is the hallmark of innovation – experimenting, exploring, pushing the boundaries of what we do and how we do it. And no place provides more fertile ground for the seeds

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