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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.

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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.

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This Design Firm Only Works on Projects That Give Back

30 Jan

We’re recognizing game changing careers and inspiring acts of generosity beyond deep-pocketed philanthropy. The Series profiles continue today with Rich Hollant,  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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Richard Hollant’s Co:Labs doesn’t just find time for a charitable project now and then. All of its projects focus on making the world better and strengthening the community.

Co:Lab is a design firm that works exclusively with nonprofits, communities, and enterprises committed to social profit. It’s founder and leader, Rich Hollant, helps these organizations tackle big questions that lead to greater awareness, purposeful motivation, and deeper loyalty. The firm’s work (see it above) includes a project to help inspire and integrate the youth of Middletown, Connecticut and work for the Human Rights Institute to show that human rights are a universal issue. Committed to developing youth engagement in his community, Hollant has also co-founded the platform Giv2, a place where teen volunteers can give back, too.

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Two Architects Reinvent The Hospital To Prevent Infections

25 Jan

We’re recognizing game changing careers and inspiring acts of generosity beyond deep-pocketed philanthropy. The Series profiles continue today with Michael Murphy & Alan Ricks,  Most Generous Designers. 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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Mass Design created a Rwandan hospital that drastically cut down on disease transmission.

As grad students, Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks accepted the challenge of using architectural design to address major world health issues like reducing disease transmission in Rwandan hospitals. Since opening their first hospital in that country’s Burera District, the area has seen the most drastic drop in infant mortality of anywhere in the world. Now they’ve formed Mass, to tackle all sorts of problems associated with health worldwide.

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Training A New Generation of Designers to Design for Good

23 Jan

We’re recognizing game changing careers and inspiring acts of generosity beyond deep-pocketed philanthropy. The Series profiles continue today with Timothy Prestero, a 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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Design That Matters has created some revolutionary devices to help fix problems like infant care in the developing world, but its more lasting legacy may be the new mindset it’s giving the designers it teaches.

At Design that Matters, Timothy Prestero is bringing together hundreds of bright-minded students, professionals and social entrepreneurs, to collaboratively experiment and design breakthroughs in areas such as infant health and literacy. You may have heard of some of their projects (you can see them above), like Firefly, a cheap way to treat infant jaundice; the Kinkajou projector, which brings media to the developing world; and the NeoNurture incubator, designed to run off common car parts. We talked to Prestero about how his program manages to keep creating these design innovation

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