I had the pleasure of reading Emily Pilloton's (founder of Project H) recent call to action on the ID mega site- Core77. I recommend that everyone read it.
Very much in the same vein as my last post, below is my response to the article:
Emily, I could not agree with you more that we are now approaching a time where the world's most valuable renewable resource, Creativity, ought to be used on the greater good, as oppose to the greater dollar. We have now reached a time where we must shift our focus and look at design in its entirety; as a tool to overcome global problems, not just primarily to promote consumerism and the economy.
I work for Design that Matters. We do indeed have a different type of client. Social entrepreneurs are our clients; entrepreneurs working to have positive social impact on communities in need. We find how products can improve their services, acting as an enabler as Emily describes. I've been with them both as a volunteer and as full-time staff now for over a year, and strongly believe in what they are doing, and urge designers to gear their focus and energy to similar issues.
Additionally I ask: Once these 'developing' nations become 'developed' what type of infrastructure do we need in place to ensure that their resource consumption and pollution rate does not mimic that of the West?
With Globalization on the rise, let's make sure the rest of the world does not follow in our footsteps as we have been walking, but rather, let's set a new path while learning from each other.