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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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For a product to succeed, it must get M.A.D.E.

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If a product is going to succeed, it needs to be made.  That seems obvious, and it is.  However, I would argue that for a product to succeed in any social impact sense it also needs to be M.A.D.E. What do I mean by that?  Simply put, if a product or services is going to help people significantly impact the problem it is meant to address it needs to have the four following attributes: Meaning
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Tackling energy poverty in Indonesia

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In an effort to support the development of market-driven clean energy solutions that benefits the poor in Indonesia, the World Bank has developed a program focused on building the capacity of Indonesian institutions. To help in this effort, the World Bank has selected a number of local and global partners: a local design partner (INOTEK), a global design partner (Catapult Design), a local market f

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