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Currently the Associate Director for Design for America (DFA) and a lecturer at the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, I am a San Francisco native and passionate about the intersection of design education and local/social impact. My studio, students' projects, and DFA have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. I have been fortunate enough to have spoken and given workshops at TEDx, the NE IDSA Conference, Better Word by Design Conferences, Fulbright Seminar, and given workshops at college campuses across the country. I earned my BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design where I received RISD’s Community Service Award and the Rachel Carson Award upon graduation. I am currently working on a masters in learning and organizational change at Northwestern University. At the start, I founded and taught the advanced studio, Design for Social Entrepreneurship at RISD, Design Futures at Pratt and worked with nonprofits such as Design that Matters and GreenBlue.
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Monday, May 12, 2008

Core77- Project H call to Action

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.