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SO-FAB: Getting Digital & Dusty for Social Benefit

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Catapult Design has been on location in Yogyakarta with INOTEK and The Apex Consulting Group (working with guidance from GATD & the World Bank) for 3 of the last 6 months to help facilitate a pilot program in catalyzing ‘green innovation’ & growth in the local renewable energy market to improve clean energy access for communities in the region. Upon first hearing that the Indonesia
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Catapult CEO featured in MAKERS initiative

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PBS and AOL recently launched 'MAKERS.com', a dynamic digital platform produced by filmmakers Dyllan McGee, Betsy West, and Peter Kunhardt, showcasing hundreds of compelling stories from women of today and tomorrow. This historic video initiative features exclusive access to trailblazing women – both known and unknown.  Featured women were selected by the filmmakers in consultation with an exp
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Peace Corps training update: Renewable Energy Financing

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Charlie and I spent one week in San José, Costa Rica in April working with 18 Peace Corps country staff members from around Latin America to dive deeply into the manifold options for funding renewable energy products and services. Three days may seem like a long time to spend exploring the dry details of financing mechanisms, but somehow we not only filled the time but found ourselves strugglin
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In-the-field prototyping with Jugaad, MacGyver & me

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The value of a prototype is in what it can test. It isn't always necessary to make it pretty, nor to make it function, it totally depends on what you are trying to learn from it. On a frugal budget, be it of time or funds, one prototype can be made to test many things, and then adapted again to test even more...but really prototypes were made to be broken, and if they last too long it is a sign yo
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Catapult Labs 2012: this May in San Francisco!

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              How can we use design to positively impact society? That's the question we'll answer at Catapult Labs this Saturday, May 19th in San Francisco.  Over the years we've assembled a compelling network of designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs using design tools and methods to drive positive social change.  We've selected NINE of them
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Catapult develops new training for Peace Corps

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We’re excited to announce that Catapult Design was selected by the Peace Corps to design and lead a training program for their staff and volunteers in Costa Rica around renewable energy technologies for low-income communities.  As part of the program, Catapult will: 1. Review the Peace Corp’s existing training materials in Costa Rica; 2. Develop and conduct a three-day workshop in Costa Ri
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A Manhattan Project for green innovation? Try open innovation instead!

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(Note:  The blog was originally posted by author Jean-Louis Racine here on the World Bank Blog and has been cross-posted with their permission) Last week the World Bank launched a new approach to fostering green innovation called the Indonesia Green Innovation Pilot Program. Its aim is to learn how open innovation principles can foster the generation of market-based solutions to clean energy. 
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Catapult’s 2012 Learning Labs

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In the past two years we've worked with some amazing organizations worldwide -- Villgro Innovations, The Unreasonable Institute, StepOne Ventures, Nuru International, Peace Corps, and more -- to develop training and learning material centered around design and how it impacts development. Based on the success of these sessions, we're announcing a new line up of Learning Labs for 2012 that tackle c
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Design for Social Impact 2.0

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Last week Cooper-Hewitt and the National Endowment for the Arts hosted a “Social Impact Design Roundtable” with the gracious support of several foundations.  The premise for the day was defined by the three questions: 1.  Where are the gaps in socially responsible design?  What are the biggest challenges? 2.  What are organizational models of successful and sustainable ways of working i
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Call for Challenges: Clean Energy in Indonesia

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We are looking for challenges faced by the resource-poor in Indonesia related to energy. These might include, for example, the lack of access to off-grid energy OR the use of polluting fuels for cooking. The challenge you suggest can involve any aspect of energy - energy generation, energy use, energy efficiency, remediation challenges related to energy, and more. We invite you to submit your ide

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