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Photo by Living Goods
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Photo Courtesy of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
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DESIGN + SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PIECES
1. Fast Company asks: "Do Designers Exploit the Poor While Trying to Do Good?" http://bit.ly/zKuQzT
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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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