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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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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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