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Designing Recovery Housing
Interview with JUANITA VALDEZ-COX, Executive Director, LUPE (La Unión Del Pueblo Entero), and BRENT BROWN, Founder, bcWORKSHOP (Building Community Workshop) By Cynthia Smith Cynthia Smith (CS): Juanita, can you tell me how LUPE (La Unión Del Pueblo Entero) started and how the organization works? Juanita Valdez-Cox (JV): LUPE was founded in 1989 in California by...
Design for the Other 90% Panel – Martin Fisher
Martin Fisher, co-founder/CEO, KickStart
Design for the Other 90% Panel – Ron Rivera
Ron Rivera- Coordinator of Ceramic Water Filter and International Projects, Potters for Peace
Design for the Other 90% Panel – Paul Polak
Paul Polak, Founder, International Development Enterprises
Design for the Other 90%
Designers, engineers, students and professors, architects, and social entrepreneurs from all over the globe are devising cost-effective ways to increase access to food and water, energy, education, healthcare, revenue-generating activities, and affordable transportation for those who most need them. And an increasing number of initiatives are providing solutions for underserved populations in developed countries such...
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Research Chronicles
Follow my field research chronicles on twitter, starting in Kumasi, Ghana at the International Development Design Summit organized by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and MIT. The summit aims to create equity in the distribution of research and development resources by focusing on the needs of the world’s poor, bringing together students,...
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Felt in Haiti
I had the pleasure of meeting recently with Ton Vriens, a Dutch documentary filmmaker and journalist who, through his foundation Turtle Tree, is working with women in Haiti to develop a felt-making co-operative, with the goal of achieving economic and social independence for the members of the self-governed group. Haiti is one of the poorest...
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Out of Poverty
International Development Enterprises’ founder Paul Polak has just released his much anticipated book Out of Poverty, What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail. Based on his 25 years of experience he tells why traditional poverty eradication programs have fallen short and how his alternative approach works. Paul’s work and dedication to developing practical design solutions that...
Rope Pumps
The show was conceived to begin a conversation and provoke discussion about the broad range of ways various organizations and individuals are addressing the underpinnings of poverty through design innovations. The selected objects tell a story and are windows into the numerous ways these groups are providing direct solutions. This blog will allow the discussion...