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Bill’s Design Talks: Jacqueline Novogratz
As Acumen Fund's Founder and CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz developed the Fund's unique approach to using philanthropic capital to invest in scalable businesses that serve the poor. Her vision is that one day all human beings will have access to the critical goods and services they need—including affordable health, water, housing, energy, agricultural inputs, and services—so...
Cooper-Hewitt: Design for the Other 90% Panel – Martin Fisher
Martin Fisher, co-founder/CEO, KickStart
Cooper-Hewitt: Design for the Other 90% Panel – Ron Rivera
Ron Rivera- Coordinator of Ceramic Water Filter and International Projects, Potters for Peace
Cooper-Hewitt: Design for the Other 90% Panel – Paul Polak
Paul Polak, Founder, International Development Enterprises
Why Design Now?: Vault201
Why? Preindustrial construction methods can provide fundamental lessons about sustainable design and environmental impact today. In this site-specific installation, thin tile vaults stretching across large spaces without formwork is part of a 700-year-old construction method that is energy-efficient, utilizes local materials, and achieves high structural strength. All of these factors have important applications in the...
Why Design Now?: Solar rechargeable battery lanterns
Why? In most rural areas of the developing world, people rely on fuels such as kerosene that are dangerous and pose serious health problems. The Solar-Rechargeable lamp is both a safe, electrical lighting alternative and it reduces greenhouse gases. It is also a service-oriented solution for rural electrification: villagers rent these portable, rechargeable lanterns from...
Why Design Now?: Mapungubwe National Park Interpretive Center
Why? Preindustrial construction methods can provide fundamental lessons about sustainable design and environmental impact today. In this site-specific installation, thin tile vaults stretching across large spaces without formwork is part of a 700-year-old construction method that is energy-efficient, utilizes local materials, and achieves high structural strength. All of these factors have important applications in the...