Uganda Digital Drum
Noel Wilson is a lead designer at Catapult Design “Catapult Design is a non-profit design firm providing engineering and implementation support to the thousands of organizations in need of technologies or products capable of igniting social change.” (Catapult website) . We got a chance to get his opinions about designing for social impact in low income communities.
Check out their website from more info. http://catapultdesign.org/
Thanks Noel for the interview.
Value Matters: Innovation Has Direction
A new design revolution is underway. It’s about harvesting more wealth out of fewer resources and leveraging innovation to deliver the value people actually want.
The Video Info-graphic at the beginning of this video is pretty cool!
Social Media, Government & 21st Century eDemocracy
Interesting Model! A New York startup called Quirky is using social media to make the invention process accessible to everyone.
Having no fear to learn ! Ruchi Sanghvi, Facebook’s first female engineer, decided early on to follow her intuition rather than let fear or convention dictate her decisions. From joining Facebook, to building Facebook Newsfeed, to quitting Facebook and embarking on her own startup, Sanghvi has continuously defied—and then surpassed—expectations. Her startup, Cove, was acquired soon after she gave this talk. http://inktalks.com/discover/75/ruchi-sanghvi-from-facebook-to-facing-the-unknown?utm_source=INK+Mailers&utm_campaign=3f872c4e77-March+21+newsletter&utm_medium=email
"simple corporate philanthropy, when corporations make donations to charity they are giving away their shareholders’ money, which they can only do if they see potential profit in it. This may be because they want to improve their image by associating themselves with a cause, to exploit a cheap vehicle for advertising, or to counter the claims of pressure groups, but there is always an underlying financial motive, so the company benefits more than the charity".
Fake Corporate social responsibility? More
openaid.se? Help from Sweden…
"Open Aid is the name of the government’s efforts to adapt the Swedish cooperative development to today’s realities, and the opportunities that globalization and technological developments create. The goal is to combat poverty as effectively as possible. To achieve this goal, aid has to be open to public control and ideas from more sources”
Philips + helping poor + co-design
"With more than 1.6 million people dying annually due to smoke inhalation from indoor wood burning stoves, Philips Design came up with an idea to effectively tackle the problem. This was part of ‘Philanthropy by Design’ a program which looks at promoting social empowerment through knowledge sharing, creativity and co-design".
SIDA - Swedish International Developmant Cooperation Agengy.
Mission: "To help create conditions that will enable poor people to improve the quality of their lives".