Archive | February, 2013

How To Design Products For People Making $2 A Day

8 Feb

We’re recognizing game changing careers and inspiring acts of generosity beyond deep-pocketed philanthropy. The Series profiles continue today with Mark Randall,  Most Generous Designer. 

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Proximity Designs is a for-profit design company whose goal is to create products cheap enough–and good enough–that they can be bought by poor farmers, instead of just giving them aid.

 Proximity Designs–led by Debbie Aung Din and Jim Taylor–works to reduce poverty and advance the well-being of rural families in Myanmar, where the Taylors have worked since 2004. They design, produce, and distribute products, like their foot-operated irrigation pump, that are affordable for low income farmers and help to increase their income and productivity. To date, they’ve sold more than 110,000 items to Burmese farmers, using a model of designing and producing tools that are affordable to those making less than $2 a day.
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Service 2.0: The New Giving Will Transform Philanthropy

7 Feb
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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others? —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charitable giving is a part of life for most Americans. 65 percent of households with incomes less than $100,000 donate, and 98 percent of high net worth households donate. I predict that the future of giving is getting even brighter. I think that more Americans will give, and I think that more Americans will give more and smarter.

In fact, the catalyst behind this change is already at work. It’s called volunteering. Volunteering as we’ve known it for the last few centuries has for the most part remained the same—people giving labor. But now, volunteering is going through a rebirth. “Service” or “volunteering” will disrupt the $300 billion philanthropic sector and the effect will not only be more giving, but also deeper and smarter giving.
Service is the new giving. Let me tell you why.

Click here to read the full article on GOOD.

Spreading The Message Of Design For Change

6 Feb

We’re recognizing game changing careers and inspiring acts of generosity beyond deep-pocketed philanthropy. The Series profiles continue today with Mark Randall,  Most Generous Designer. It continues through the winter with most Generous Tech Founders, Wall Streeters, Marketing Gurus and Filmmakers. Follow the series every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  for in-depth profiles of all our honorees.

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Through a program called Design Ignites Change, Mark Randall and Worldstudio are inspiring a new generation of designers and architects to give back.

Worldstudio is a New York City strategy and communications firm that builds bridges between clients and communities to enable positive social change. Mark Randall helped Worldstudio launch Design Ignites Change in collaboration with the Adobe Foundation to support architects and designers who want to make a difference in their communities. He is also the co-founder and chair of Impact! Design for Social Change, an annual six-week summer intensive at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

 Read the full article here on FastCo.Exist. 

Why You Shouldn’t Call Yourself A Social Good Designer

4 Feb

We’re recognizing game changing careers and inspiring acts of generosity beyond deep-pocketed philanthropy. The Series profiles continue today with Robert Fabricant,  Most Generous Designer. It continues through the winter with most Generous Tech Founders, Wall Streeters, Marketing Gurus and Filmmakers. Follow the series every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  for in-depth profiles of all our honorees.

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Frog’s Robert Fabricant discusses the work his firm is doing to design new solutions to improve health outcomes in the developing world, but why he never calls it “giving back.”

Specializing in design for social innovation and health care, Robert Fabricant lends his expertise to Frog Design’s initiatives with a global impact. Recently, he has led projects that use technology to combat HIV/AIDS and collaborated with UNICEF to improve maternal and infant health worldwide.

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Redesigning Public Services So They Can Actually Help People

1 Feb

We’re recognizing game changing careers and inspiring acts of generosity beyond deep-pocketed philanthropy. The Series profiles continue today with Panthea Lee,  Most Generous Designer. It continues through the winter with most Generous Tech Founders, Wall Streeters, Marketing Gurus and Filmmakers. Follow the series every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  for in-depth profiles of all our honorees.

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Reboot is a design agency that focuses on service design in international development. In other words, fixing aid programs so that they provide enough aid to the people who need it.

Where design, technology, and international development meet is where Panthea Lee and her firm Reboot work. Lee has overseen the implementation of projects ranging from improving disaster relief in Pakistan to a social accountability system with the Nigerian government. She’s turning field data into practical and effective intervention.

Click here to read the full article on FastCo.Exist.

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